CDC Encourages Healthcare Providers to Recommend COVID-19
Self-testing Before Holiday Gatherings
Healthcare providers should consider recommending that their patients perform COVID-19 self-tests (also referred to as home tests or over-the-counter tests), and encourage their guests to do the same, before indoor holiday gatherings. Along with vaccination, masking, and physical distancing, self-tests help reduce the chance of spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Self-tests can also help protect unvaccinated children, older individuals, those who are immunocompromised, or individuals at risk of severe disease. The key points below can help guide conversations with your patients about COVID-19 self-testing.
When to Consider Self-testing
Where to Get a Self-test
How to Use and Interpret a Self-test
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