Where can I get tested?
- Contact your doctor to ask if your primary health care clinic is providing testing.
- Find a local community testing site. Testing at these sites are provided at no cost. Some locations may require an appointment to receive a test.
- At-home specimen collection kits are available at no cost to Wisconsinites, regardless of symptoms or exposure. Request a kit.
I Tested Positive
- We now know that you can spread COVID-19 to others beginning two days before symptoms start until several days after symptoms start and about one day after you recover. This is known as the “infectious period.” You can spread COVID-19 to others, even if you never develop symptoms. After being diagnosed with COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms, you will need to separate yourself from other people in your home and self-monitor until you are no longer able to spread COVID-19 to others.
- Isolate. Even if you don’t have symptoms, separate yourself from other people in your home. This is called “isolation.” While isolating, watch to see if you develop new symptoms or if your symptoms get worse. Self-monitor until you are no longer able to spread COVID-19 to others.
- Public health staff may contact you with specific instructions for how to isolate and self-monitor at home, and what your friends and family should do to protect themselves. For more information, see the Next steps: after you are diagnosed with COVID-19 flyer.
Can I Get an Antibody Test?
- If you had symptoms of COVID-19 and have since recovered, or if you think you may have had it but did not show symptoms, you may be able to get an antibody test. Antibody tests will not tell you if you currently have COVID-19, but can let you know if you had it at some time in the past.
- Community testing sites are not providing antibody testing at this time. If you would like an antibody test, contact your health care provider to ask for one.
If you feel sick, please stay home. People with COVID-19 have a range of symptoms, from little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying.
You may have COVID-19 if you have any of these symptoms (or a combination of these symptoms):
- Cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough)
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Muscle pain
- New loss of taste or smell
Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms. For many, symptoms are mild, with no fever. Some people may also experience fatigue or gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain.
It is important to know that you can still spread (transmit) the virus to others even if you have mild or no symptoms. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms.
Adversity affects us all in different ways. That’s because our ability to manage and recover from stress is often impacted by the things that make us unique, like our background, medical histories, and the conditions in which we live, work, and grow.
When the characteristics that make you unique also make you more vulnerable to health risks—like becoming severely ill from COVID-19—it can be hard to maintain your physical, emotional, and mental health.
It’s natural for older adults, people with underlying health conditions, communities of color and other underserved populations, caregivers, and others facing greater risk to respond more strongly to stress during this pandemic. Learning how to gain the skills and support you need to care for yourself and the people around you can help.
Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus, a large family of viruses. Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surfaces. Scientists monitor changes in the virus, including changes to the spikes on the surface of the virus. These studies, including genetic analyses of the virus, are helping scientists understand how changes to the virus might affect how it spreads and what happens to people who are infected with it.
Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are circulating globally:
- The United Kingdom (UK) identified a variant called B.1.1.7 with a large number of mutations in the fall of 2020.
This variant spreads more easily and quickly than other variants. In January 2021, experts in the UK reported that this variant may be associated with an increased risk of death compared to other variant viruses, but more studies are needed to confirm this finding. It has since been detected in many countries around the world. This variant was first detected in the US at the end of December 2020.
- In South Africa, another variant called B.1.351 emerged independently of B.1.1.7. Originally detected in early October 2020, B.1.351 shares some mutations with B.1.1.7. Cases caused by this variant have been reported in the US at the end of January 2021.
- In Brazil, a variant called P.1 emerged that was first identified in travelers from Brazil, who were tested during routine screening at an airport in Japan, in early January. This variant contains a set of additional mutations that may affect its ability to be recognized by antibodies. This variant was first detected in the US at the end of January 2021.
So far, studies suggest that antibodies generated through vaccination with currently authorized vaccines recognize these variants. This is being closely investigated and more studies are underway.
Rigorous and increased compliance with public health mitigation strategies, such as vaccination, physical distancing, use of masks, hand hygiene, and isolation and quarantine, is essential to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and protect public health.
We can do it! We can slow the spread of COVID-19. 💪
As infections, hospitalizations, and deaths remain high across the United States, take steps to protect yourself and others:
- 🏠 Stay home if you can.
- 😷 Wear a mask.
- ↔ Stay 6 feet apart.
- 🚫 Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- 🖐 Wash your hands.
- ✅ Get vaccinated when it’s available to you.