What type of COVID-19 test should I get and when should I get it? What’s the difference between a molecular/PCR, antigen, and antibody test?
Last Updated: 11/20/2020
If you want to find out if you are currently infected with COVID-19, get a diagnostic test. These tests are now available to everyone in New Jersey.
You don't need insurance and free testing is ava...Learn More
I was tested for COVID-19. How do I get my results?
Last Updated: 07/14/2020
Please follow the instructions from your testing site on how to get your test results.
Pharmacies, local testing sites, physician's offices, hospitals, and other testing sites operate independently...Learn More
How is New Jersey increasing access to COVID-19 testing?
Last Updated: 02/02/2021
Expanding access to COVID-19 testing is a core principle of New Jersey's recovery plan for promoting public health and restoring economic health. New Jersey is:
increasing diagnostic testing capac...Learn More
Should I get tested if I do not have symptoms of COVID-19?
Last Updated: 02/19/2021
You could have COVID-19 and not even know it.
Protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community by getting tested for COVID-19.
COVID-19 testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey.
Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating the COVID-19?
No. According to the World Health Organization, antibiotics do not work against viruses. They only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibioti...Learn More
Should I take over-the-counter medication to reduce my fever if I think I have COVID-19?
Over-the-counter options for fever reducers include ibuprofen and acetaminophen. The World Health Organization (WHO) has clarified that it does not recommend against the use of ibuprofen as a self-...Learn More
How should I take care of someone at home?
Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and should recover at home.* Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk for getting...Learn More
What does pooled testing mean?
To save supplies, especially in situations where resources are limited, and test more people, pooled testing may be implemented. Pooled testing means taking samples from multiple people, storing pa...Learn More
Is it possible to use convalescent serum - antibodies from those who have recovered from COVID-19 - to treat others?
This is a strategy that is currently being tested. The concept of giving antibodies from one person to another to protect from disease is called passive immunization. You may also hear about this i...Learn More
How are suspected COVID-19 cases confirmed?
People suspected of being infected by the COVID-19 virus will have respiratory samples (i.e. mucus) taken by healthcare professionals that will then be analyzed by public health labs, hospital labs...Learn More
What does random testing mean?
Random testing means selecting people for a test arbitrarily. Take, for example, a test meant to figure out how common COVID-19 exposure is in a town of 10,000 people. Testing everyone who works at...Learn More
Should “contacts of contacts” be tested?
Last Updated: 06/26/2020
Being the contact of someone who had close contact with a COVID-19-postive person does not require testing.
For example, if you have a coworker whose family member is a confirmed case, you are not ...Learn More
Are commercial laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing required to share information with the Department of Health?
Last Updated: 03/25/2020
In a joint letter to commercial laboratory operators, Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Chair of the New Jersey Domestic Security Prep...Learn More
Is it possible to test if someone had the virus but is cured now?
Serological tests (tests that look for antibodies specific to a bacteria or virus) are a common diagnostic for other infections and could be developed. A serological test could tell you if you have...Learn More
How does the CDC COVID-19 test work?
CDC recommends collecting and testing a single upper respiratory sample. This sample is then processed. Using a technique called real-time reverse transcriptase (RT)-polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...Learn More
How does a typical COVID-19 test work?
The tests generally take a sample from a patient and process it so that the virus's specific genetic signature can be detected.
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What do I do if I am sick?
If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have COVID-19, contact your healthcare pr...Learn More
What happens when you get COVID-19 and it’s bad enough that you need to be treated in the hospital?
Because COVID-19 is a new disease, treatment guidelines are changing quite reguarly. To learn about what you might expect if hospitalized due to novel coronavirus infection, check out the up-to-dat...Learn More
Should I be tested for COVID-19?
The CDC advises that people should be tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19, have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with conf...Learn More
Are there therapies available to treat COVID-19?
Scientists are currently testing different types of antivirals.
Remdesivir is one treatment that's been shown in a clinical trial to have an effect on COVID-19. Results from that trial, which inclu...Learn More
Is there a test for COVID-19?
Yes. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a test that is used to diagnose the COVID-19 virus in most public health laboratories. In addition, many hospital and commerci...Learn More
How do I know if I have the virus?
Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms consist of fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. If any of those symptoms occur, call your doctor to discuss next steps or g...Learn More
What symptoms should I look out for when taking care of someone at home? When do I know it is time to seek immediate medical attention for them?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has thorough guidelines for caring for individuals with COVID-19 at home.
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How do I treat the symptoms of someone who is sick at home?
Kindly visit the CDC's website for information on how to care for someone sick at home.
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When is New Jersey getting more vaccine doses? What is the State doing to expand vaccine capacity and access?
Last Updated: 02/26/2021
During this difficult time, we understand everyone's urgency in wanting to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, the national vaccine supply remains limited. New Jersey's allotments of...Learn More
Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant? What if I have a weakened immune system or already had COVID?
Last Updated: 02/12/2021
Pregnant or Breastfeeding Individuals
Individuals who are pregnant are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey, but should first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before recei...Learn More