A:  Testing is appropriate if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you know you were in contact with someone infected by the virus. Because some people don’t have symptoms, testing helps you know whether to isolate yourself and prevent infecting others.

Your city or state might have specific testing recommendations. In some areas with high infection levels, people are asked to quarantine and avoid health care facilities unless they experience severe symptoms. You might have to take a COVID-19 test before undergoing certain medical tests. Talk with your PH health care team to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.