So, you were tested for coronavirus. Here’s what to do next.

So, you’ve scheduled a coronavirus test, had a swab jammed up your nose and left the testing site. Now what?

Though a lot of information has shown how to get a test and what to do after testing positive, there’s still confusion on what to do during that dreaded time between awaiting your test results.

Here’s what to know after testing for coronavirus.

How long will it take to get my results?

Those testing for COVID-19 should expect their results in between four to six days, according to the online registration system, but many have reported longer waiting times around the state. 

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In Indiana, the wait time depends on what testing site you go to. 

Should I maintain social distancing after testing for coronavirus?

Yes. 

In the chance that you test positive for coronavirus, the Indiana State Department of Health advises that Hoosiers receiving testing quarantine themselves from others until they receive their results.

Also, testing negative for the virus only means that you didn’t have COVID-19 at the time of the test. If you have have been exposed or close to others who tested positive or are showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, the CDC suggests that you still self-isolate. 

How long should I stay home after getting a coronavirus test?

After taking a test for coronavirus, both the CDC and ISDH suggest staying away from others until you receive your results.

In the case that you wait longer than expected for your results, the CDC advises to quarantine for at least 14 days before going out again. 

If I receive an antibody test, do I still need to stay away from others?

Research has yet to determine whether having antibodies means a person can’t infect  others. There’s also no reliable data yet on whether these antibodies can keep a previously infected person from getting COVID-19 again, according to the CDC. 

Thus, social distancing is suggested for people who receive an antibody test. 

Contact Pulliam Fellow Tiana Woodard at twoodard@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter: @tianarochon.