- you develop a cough, fever, sore throat or lose your sense of smell or taste.
- you had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- the screen you had for COVID-19 symptoms at work, school or during a community health worker check is positive.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or had contact with someone with COVID-19, separate yourself to prevent spreading coronavirus to others.
Depending on how much COVID-19 there is where you live, tests might be kept for those at risk of severe COVID-19, for those in hospital and for sick health workers.
You could be at risk of severe COVID-19 if:
- you are 55 years or older.
- you are an adult of any age with any of the following:
- TB or HIV
- kidney disease or hypertension
- chronic lung disease (asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis)
- on cancer treatment.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact your health facility or a COVID-19 hotline to discuss having a COVID-19 test, especially if you are at risk for severe COVID-19.
- A nurse or doctor will do the test by rubbing a swab at the back of your throat or in your nose.
- They will wear a mask and goggles or visor to avoid catching coronavirus.
- It might be uncomfortable for a short while.
- Expect to receive the result by phone (call or SMS) in about 2 days.