A cold, the flu or COVID-19: What’s the difference?
A cold, the flu or COVID-19: What’s the difference? If you believe you have symptoms and might be infected with COVID-19, it’s best to be safe and get tested.
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care or testing. You should get a test for COVID-19 if you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to a person who has COVID-19, or your doctor has recommended a test in advance of a procedure or surgery.
Ohio State offers multiple testing locations. If you have an Ohio State provider, call that office directly to assess your symptoms or order a test. If you don't have a primary care provider, you can contact us at one of the numbers below to be assessed for the need for a COVID-19 test:
If you don't have COVID-19 symptoms and aren't considered high-risk for complications, you'll be referred to a community testing site.
Once limited to a small segment of patients, testing has dramatically expanded and developed since the pandemic began. COVID-19 testing can answer two questions: Do you have COVID-19 now, or did you have it in the past?
There are two types of viral tests: PCR and antigen-based. For both, samples are collected using a swab that’s swirled deep in the nose. Remember that viral tests are a snapshot in time and only reflect a person’s condition at moment. To truly monitor if someone has the disease, you’d have to test them daily.
Antibody tests are blood tests that show whether a person’s body created antibodies to fight off COVID-19.
We’ve created these downloadable PDF versions of our guides for employees and employers to serve as a reference you can distribute within your organization as you plan your return to work.
Download the Co-Branded Employee Guide: If you would like to customize our employee guide for your organization, we’ve created a PowerPoint template where you can add your organization’s logo and include a custom introduction letter. To ensure the links within this document work, please save and send as a PDF.
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