What does a COVID-19 test detect?
Types of COVID-19 Tests COVID-19 tests can detect either SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, or antibodies that your body makes after getting COVID-19 or after getting vaccinated.
What does my negative COVID-19 test result mean?
When is COVID-19 most contagious?
Can COVID-19 be spread through relationship?
What does a negative COVID-19 antigen test result mean in asymptomatic persons?
What are consequences of a false negative COVID-19 test?
Can you get COVID-19 from kissing someone?
Are sexual minority persons more likely to contract COVID-19?
What should you look for after being intimate with someone new during the COVID-19 pandemic?
After a close, high-risk encounter like relationship, you should be mindful of your personal risk of contracting and falling ill to COVID-19 as well as the risk you may pose to those in your own circle. I recommend monitoring yourself closely for any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, the loss of taste and smell). Also, consider getting a COVID-19 test five to seven days after the interaction. I would also refrain from interacting with any at-risk persons within a 14 day period after the encounter. If you cannot avoid contact with a high-risk individual, take precautions to lower your risk profile by social distancing, choosing to interact with the individual in outdoor spaces as opposed to indoor spaces, and wearing a mask.
How safe is intimacy with a partner during the COVID-19 pandemic?
If both of you are healthy and feeling well, are practicing social distancing and have had no known exposure to anyone with COVID-19, touching, hugging, kissing, and relationship are more likely to be safe. Similarly, sharing a bed with a partner who is healthy should not be an issue.
Be aware, though, that the CDC reports that some people may have the virus and not yet have symptoms during the early part of the incubation period (presymptomatic). Additionally, some people never develop obvious symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic). In either case, it’s possible that the virus might spread through physical contact and intimacy.
How does COVID-19 mainly spread from person to person?
How long does it take for COVID-19 symptoms to show up after exposure?
Does the COVID-19 virus live for long on clothing?
What do I need to know to keep myself and others safe when I go to the grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic?
There are steps you can take to help protect yourself, grocery store workers and other shoppers, such as wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, and using wipes on the handles of the shopping cart or basket.
How long does COVID-19 survive for on clothing?
How should I wash my cloth COVID-19 mask?
Using a washing machine
Include your mask with your regular laundry. Use regular laundry detergent and the appropriate settings according to the fabric label.
Wash your mask with tap water and laundry detergent or soap. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove detergent or soap.
How long does COVID-19 live on human skin?
How long can COVID-19 linger in the air?
How should I wash my mask and how often?
The CDC recommends washing your mask after each use, and you can wash it in a washing machine or by hand.
If using a washing machine, don’t be afraid to wash your mask along with your regular laundry — with standard laundry detergent and the warmest water the cloth material of your mask can handle.
How often should reusable face masks be cleaned during COVID-19?
How to wash a face mask by hand?
• Wash your mask with tap water and laundry detergent or soap.
• Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove detergent or soap.
How should you clean your mask?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you wash cloth masks after each use. You can use your standard washer and dryer using the warmest setting possible for the material.
Hand washing with a bleach solution also works.