We know there are many questions about testing and quarantine with so many cases of COVID-19 in our communities. We offer this information to help you understand what to do. If you still have questions, contact your doctor for guidance.
- When should I get a COVID-19 test?
- Do I need a COVID-19 test before a surgery or procedure, or before being admitted to a Henry Ford Health hospital?
- Why are COVID-19 tests required for patients being admitted to a behavioral health unit or Henry Ford Maplegrove Center?
- Where can I get a COVID-19 Test?
- If I can’t find a place to get a test, can I go to a hospital emergency department?
- When is someone with COVID-19 contagious/able to give someone else the virus?
- Can I use a home test?
- If I test positive with a home test, do I need to go get an “official” test?
- If I test negative, can I go out with no mask/be less careful?
- Do I need to quarantine if I was exposed to a person with COVID-19 but feel fine?
- If I feel fine can I end masking early?
- Are there people who should isolate for a longer period of time with COVID-19?
- If I take a home test and it's positive — what do I do?
- What is “rebound COVID?” What should I do if I have rebound COVID?
When should I get a COVID-19 test?
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you have been in close contact with someone who now has COVID-19, get tested 3 – 5 days after you had that contact, even if you do not have any symptoms.
Do I need a COVID-19 test before a surgery or procedure, or before being admitted to a Henry Ford Health hospital?
No, if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, a test is not generally required before surgery, a procedure or being admitted to a Henry Ford Hospital. If you have COVID-19 symptoms in the days before a scheduled surgery, procedure, or hospital admission, contact your provider so a test can be scheduled for you.
Why are COVID-19 tests required for patients being admitted to a behavioral health unit or Henry Ford Maplegrove Center?
These settings are different than hospital care because patients often gather in groups for therapy, socializing or activities. This makes it possible for COVID-19 to spread quickly. For these reasons, a COVID-19 is required before a patient is admitted to these settings. Behavioral health units and Maplegrove also require influenza testing when influenza is in the area. COVID-19 testing guidelines are similar.
Where can I get a COVID-19 Test?
Many sites are available. Henry Ford offers this information to help you find a testing site near you.
When should I go to a hospital emergency department or call 911 for an ambulance?
Go to a hospital emergency department or call 911 if you have severe COVID-19 symptoms: trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in your chest; new confusion; cannot wake up or stay awake; pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone; fever above 103 degrees.
Please know emergency departments are caring for very sick and injured people. Emergency departments are not able to be COVID-19 testing sites. If you can’t find a test right away, a better idea is to stay home until you are able to get tested, either at a testing site or with a home test.
When is someone with COVID-19 contagious/able to give someone else the virus?
People are contagious two to three days before they start to feel sick or test positive, and then for at least five days after they feel sick or have a positive test.
Can I use a home test?
Yes, home tests are a good option.
- If your home test is positive (if it says you have COVID-19), believe it and isolate, even if you feel fine. There is no need to test again unless you have another reason, for example, your employer requires it.
- If your home test is negative, it does not mean you do not have COVID-19. You can still have the virus.
- If you took a test because you were around someone who has COVID-19, you should continue to watch for symptoms and wear a mask when around others for a total of 10 days after you were exposed.
- If you took a test to be sure you do not have COVID-19 (maybe you are visiting an elderly or sick person, you are going to a gathering, or felt sick), do not ignore all other precautions. You should still wear a mask when recommended, social distance, and wash your hands often.
If I test positive with a home test, do I need to go get an “official” test?
You do not need to test again.
If I test negative, can I go out with no mask/be less careful?
People take tests for many reasons, for example, before gatherings, before visiting a sick or elderly loved one, because they feel sick, or before international travel. These are all good reasons to take a test. However, if the test is negative, do not assume you cannot have or get COVID-19.
Keep in mind you may have tested negative but are in the very early stages of COVID-19, before the test can tell you if you have the virus. Even if you test negative, you should still wear a mask when recommended or required, social distance, wash your hands often, and avoid crowds. You still need to use common sense and continue to be careful so you do not get COVID-19 or unknowingly spread it to others.
Do I need to quarantine if I was exposed to a person with COVID-19 but feel fine?
No, guidelines released by the CDC in August 2022 state that you no longer need to quarantine at home, away from others, if you were around a person with COVID-19. You can go to work, attend school and be in other settings around people. However, you should:
- Wear a mask that fits well – ideally an N95 or equivalent – for 10 days following your exposure whenever you are around other people.
- Test at least five days after the exposure.
- If you test negative, continue masking for the 10-day period.
- Be careful not to be around someone who is especially vulnerable to severe COVID-19, such as an elderly or immunocompromised person, for the 10-day period.
If you develop symptoms, test again. If you test positive, you need to go into isolation.
If I feel fine can I end masking early?
You can end your 10 days of masking early if you take two rapid tests 48 hours apart and both are negative. For example, on day five, if your rapid test is negative, you could take another test on day seven. If it's negative too, you no longer need to mask after that.
Are there people who should isolate for a longer period of time with COVID-19?
Yes, you should isolate through day 10 if you:
- Had moderate illness (shortness of breath, difficulty breathing)
- Had severe illness (you were hospitalized)
- Have a weakened immune system
Talk to your doctor if you had severe illness or have a weakened immune system about when to end isolation.
If I take a home test and it’s positive – what do I do?
- Stay home and isolate for 5 days from the date of your positive test or from when you first had symptoms. Get plenty of rest, drink fluids, and take Tylenol or other pain relievers and decongestants for your symptoms.
- Visit the CDC Quarantine and Isolation web site for detailed information about what to do: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html. This web page also has a Quarantine and Isolation Calculator tool to help you determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.
- Call your doctor for guidance if you are not feeling well.
- Tell people who were around you in the last 2-3 days that you tested positive for COVID-19.
- Wear a mask if you have contact with people in your home.
- If you feel well, you can do activities such as work from home.
- If you have severe symptoms, go to an emergency department: trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in your chest; new confusion; cannot wake up or stay awake; pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone; fever above 103 degrees.
What is “rebound COVID?” What should I do if I have rebound COVID?
“Rebound” COVID is when a person has COVID, recovers, then develops symptoms again. It is associated with the antiviral Paxlovid, but could also happen in people who did not receive a COVID-19 treatment. If you test positive again, the clock resets. The day you test positive you should begin another five days of isolation and mask until after day 10, just as you did the first time.
No test is 100% reliable, even those who meet regulatory standards for performance and safety. The results are also only relevant to that sample at that point in time.How long does it take for COVID-19 booster to become effective? ›
It may take 7 days for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to work.How long do COVID-19 booster side effects last? ›
Like all medicines, the COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects, but not everyone gets them. Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as: a sore arm from the injection.Can you take ibuprofen if you have the coronavirus disease? ›
Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.What does a negative COVID-19 antibody test result mean? ›
A negative result means the test did not detect COVID-19 antibodies.Are there any approved serological tests for detecting COVID-19 antibodies in the UK? ›
A number of laboratories and companies have developed serological tests, which detect antibodies produced by the body in response to infection. Several have been evaluated by Public Health England and approved for use in the UK.Are CT scans helpful for diagnosing COVID-19? ›
Along with laboratory testing, chest CT scans may be helpful to diagnose COVID-19 in individuals with a high clinical suspicion of infection.Is Pfizer COVID-19 booster safe? ›
Yes, booster shots are proven to be safe. Pfizer released a study of 10,000 participants in which half of them received a booster dose and half a placebo. In terms of safety, they found no new adverse events, meaning it was consistent with what has been seen in previous studies.Do smokers suffer from worse COVID-19 symptoms? ›
Early research indicates that, compared to non-smokers, having a history of smoking may substantially increase the chance of adverse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients, including being admitted to intensive care, requiring mechanical ventilation and suffering severe health consequences.What is the best household disinfectant for surfaces during COVID-19? ›
Regular household cleaning and disinfection products will effectively eliminate the virus from household surfaces. For cleaning and disinfecting households with suspected or confirmed COVID19, surface virucidal disinfectants, such as 0.05% sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) and products based on ethanol (at least 70%), should be used.
Most side effects are mild or moderate and go away within a few days of appearing. If side effects such as pain and/or fever are troublesome, they can be treated by medicines for pain and fever such as paracetamol.What are the most common adverse reactions to the covid-19 vaccine? ›
The most frequent adverse reactions in trials were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, myalgia (muscle pains), chills, arthralgia (joint pains), and fever; these were each reported in more than 1 in 10 people.What are the common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine? ›
Some people have reported a sudden feeling of cold with shivering/shaking accompanied by a rise in temperature, often with sweating, headache (including migraine-like headaches), nausea, muscle aches and feeling unwell, starting within a day of having the vaccine.Can you get COVID-19 infection and flu at the same time? ›
Study results from early in the pandemic show individuals who catch both flu and COVID-19 at the same time, known as co-infection, are around twice as likely to suffer death compared to those who only have COVID-19.What nutrition guidance should I follow during the coronavirus disease outbreak? ›
Proper nutrition and hydration are vital. People who eat a well-balanced diet tend to be healthier with stronger immune systems and lower risk of chronic illnesses and infectious diseases. So you should eat a variety of fresh and unprocessed foods every day to get the vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants your body needs. Drink enough water.How can one stay physically active during COVID-19 self-quarantine? ›
Walk. Even in small spaces, walking around or walking on the spot, can help you remain active. If you have a call, stand or walk around your home while you speak, instead of sitting down.What does a negative COVID-19 antibody test result mean? ›
A negative result means the test did not detect COVID-19 antibodies.How long after receiving the COVID-19 booster are you protected? ›
Generally, people with healthy immune systems are protected from infection for three to four months after receiving a COVID booster, but protection from severe illness lasts eight months to a year.Can you get COVID-19 infection and flu at the same time? ›
Study results from early in the pandemic show individuals who catch both flu and COVID-19 at the same time, known as co-infection, are around twice as likely to suffer death compared to those who only have COVID-19.What is an antibody test for COVID-19? ›
An antibody test is a blood test to check if you've had coronavirus (COVID-19) before or been vaccinated.
You should get your result within 3 to 7 days of taking the test (usually by text or email).Can I develop immunity to COVID-19 after testing positive for PCR? ›
If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19, you will probably have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity, or how long it will last. It is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after COVID-19 infection.Does the NHS COVID-19 app track my location? ›
It does not record or track where you or other app users are (for example, at home or in a public space). The app does not identify you or your location to other app users (or, as noted above, the government).Can I enter any Post Office with my COVID-19 test kit? ›
You must not enter any Post Office with your test kit.What is in the new updated COVID-19 booster shot? ›
The authorized bivalent COVID-19 vaccines, or updated boosters, include an mRNA component of the original strain to provide an immune response that is broadly protective against COVID-19 and an mRNA component in common between the omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 lineages to provide better protection against COVID-19 ...Do smokers suffer from worse COVID-19 symptoms? ›
Early research indicates that, compared to non-smokers, having a history of smoking may substantially increase the chance of adverse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients, including being admitted to intensive care, requiring mechanical ventilation and suffering severe health consequences.