Studies suggest that reinfection with COVID-19 with the same virus variant as the initial infection or reinfection with a different variant are both possible and that early reinfection within 90 days of the initial infection can occur.
Symptoms during reinfection are likely to be less severe than during the initial infection, but some people can experience more severe COVID-19 during reinfection. Both previous infection and vaccination have been shown to provide some protection against infection, although risk of reinfection varies by circulating variant.
Although rates of reinfection might change as new variants emerge, vaccination remains the safest strategy for preventing future COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, long-term complications, and death. Staying up to date on primary vaccination, additional doses, and booster doses is recommended for all eligible persons.
Do You Need a COVID-19 Test?
Review the questions below to determine when to get tested. If you have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days and recovered, you do not need to be tested unless you develop new symptoms.
Do you have COVID-19 symptoms?
Get tested immediately.
Have you had close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19?
Get tested at least 5 days after exposure.
Are you traveling?
Learn more about testing for travel by visiting Travel | CDC
Are you planning to attend an upcoming event or gathering?
Reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by getting tested as close to the event date as possible.
Where can I get a test?
Visit www.dubuquecounty.org/covidtesting for the latest local information on testing.
Many pharmacies and community centers provide access to free COVID-19 tests. Visit Community-Based Testing Centers or the Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) website to find testing locations in your area.
Order free tests at COVIDtests.gov. Free tests are also available through local health departments.
Buy tests online or in pharmacies and retail stores. Private health insurance may reimburse the cost of purchasing self-tests. Visit FDA’s website for a list of authorized tests.