Your first instinct may be to have COVID-19 tested immediately after being exposed. However, getting tested too early in the incubation process can lead to false-negative results and even worse, a false feeling of security.
The incubation period of an infection is the time that passes between the moment you become infected and the first symptoms. COVID-19's incubation period can be as short as one day after you are exposed to the virus, or as long at five days after you have no symptoms.
It can be difficult to keep track all of the recommendations and guidelines. This timeline shows COVID-19's period of incubation and answers many of your pressing questions. It is important to see your doctor if you have been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19. They can help you determine the best treatment and provide guidance regarding quarantine and testing.