Testing is crucial to stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2
The COVID-19 Testing Toolkit
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests can be used to detect active infection (using diagnostic antigen- or molecular-based tests) or past infection (using a serology-based test). Antigen, molecular, and serology tests are crucial tools to fight the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19.
COVID-19 testing is a fast-growing field that is evolving as our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 improves and more test manufacturers enter the market. Tests are important to identify in what communities the virus is spreading, who has the virus, and how the virus is spreading. Testing is equally crucial to treating patients and informing good public health decision making during the pandemic.
Whether taking a test prescribed by your doctor or choosing a test for your employees, it is important to choose the right type of test to provide the most useful information. Testing services are now available that offer tests and testing strategies to organizations. The COVID-19 Testing Toolkit provides information about specific tests and testing services to help employers or decision makers develop strategies to fit their testing needs.
Information on COVID-19 testing: how tests work, frequently used terms, the types of tests available, considerations for testing strategies, and more.
Testing services are now available to help businesses, organizations, and schools to implement testing programs.
Updated details on antigen-, molecular-, and serology-based tests for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Testing Toolkit FAQ provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing.
Developing a Testing Strategy
There are many factors to consider when developing a testing strategy for your organization or determining what type of test an individual may need.
We track tests that have received emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration.