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how testing
works

There are many misconceptions about how testing works (“It hurts.” — “It takes too long.”) These assets help you dispel myths, normalize testing, and communicate that testing is easy, quick and pain free. 

Moving away from technical images and clinical settings,  assets in this section explain the ins and outs of testing in playful and engaging ways. Visuals showcase various testing modalities (from cheek swabs to saliva samples) and different testing sites (from walk-through to in school testing) so you can communicate the diversity of ways to get tested, or select a visual that fits the test you are offering. PDFs provide clear information and FAQs about steps to set up a test, what to expect, and other details, and can be used as handouts or attached to social media posts.  

social media posts

Use our crafted posts and eye-catching images to spread the word.

  • self swab
  • going to get a test
  • saliva sample
  • testing in schools
  • walk-through clinic
  • nasal swab
  • testing as a family
  • quarantining at home
  • self swab

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    Easy, quick and pain-free: Many #COVID19 testing sites now offer self-service. Swab your nose, mouth, or throat, seal your swab, hand it over, and off you go! Help us #StopTheSpread in [city or state] and #TakeTheTest Not sure how #COVID19 testing works? It’s simple & pain-free. Community sites let you walk in & out quickly. Drive-throughs lets you take your test right in your car. You can also get tested inside a health clinic or pharmacy. Schedule your test today! [website link]
  • going to get a test

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    Ready to get tested? Many #COVID19 tests are free when offered at community testing sites, health clinics, and some stores and pharmacies. To find a site, check your local Health Department website or call your doctor or health clinic. Unvaccinated? Feeling healthy is not a guarantee that you are #COVID19-free. In fact, every second infection comes from someone who didn’t have symptoms when they spread the virus. The only way to know for sure is by getting tested. Help us stop Covid, #GetTested!
  • saliva sample

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    Wondering what a #COVID19 test feels like? Sometimes it’s as easy as spitting in a cup! Other tests simply require a cheek or nose swab, which lasts a few seconds and is painless. Even if you don’t have symptoms — do your part, #TakeTheTest! Did you know that some #COVID19 tests only need a saliva sample and can be administered at home and mailed to a lab? Yes, it’s that simple. Check out your local Health Department website for details. #TakeTheTest #StopTheSpread
  • testing in schools

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    Here is something we can do to keep our schools open and safe: screening testing. When teachers, staff and students get tested for #COVID19 every week, we can find infections early, isolate them, prevent outbreaks and keep kids in school. Next to masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing, schools can use weekly #COVID19 testing to keep students and teachers safe. Rapid tests can be used right at school and deliver results within minutes. Let’s stay open AND safe
  • walk-through clinic

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    Thinking about getting tested for #COVID19? Check out your local department of health website for a walk-in clinic near you! It’s easy, quick and painfree. And make sure to answer your phone in the 24 hours afterwards. #InThisTogether There are so many ways to get a #COVID19 test! You can go to a walk-through clinic or community testing site. You may swab your nose or throat or spit in a cup. You may take an antigen or PCR test. No matter how, make sure you #TakeTheTest
  • nasal swab

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    Brief swab, long-lasting impact: If we all do our part and participate in #COVID19 testing, we can protect those who are unvaccinated. Check out this flyer to find out if it’s time for you to get tested! https://bit.ly/3pyLal2 To stop the spread of #COVID19, most of us will need to get tested at least once—even if we don’t have symptoms. Testing protects our families and friends, and is a simple way to help in the fight against the coronavirus.
  • testing as a family

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    Planning a visit with loved ones? To ensure everyone’s safety, stick to low-risk activities 10 days beforehand and then get the family #COVID19 tested. This is especially important if your friends or family members are unvaccinated. Many communities also offer pop-up #COVID19 testing on specific days. To find a site, visit your state or regional health department’s website and look for COVID-19 testing information. You can also call and ask your doctor or local health clinic.
  • quarantining at home

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    Truth is, the coronavirus is spreading across the nation and we may all come in contact with someone who tested positive. What’s the right thing to do? Stay home and quarantine, get tested 3-5 days after exposure, and wait for your results. #TakeTheTest #InThisTogether Quarantining at home while not feeling sick can be hard. But it’s worth it! Chat with friends, get take-out, relax — and stay home to help #StopTheSpread. It’s that important.
Canva

Customize your message. Share your logo, website, and testing site specifics. We’ve partnered with Canva to offer branding capability for some of our Toolkit visuals. Log in to Canva to access images, customize, and more in as a member of the COVID-19 Testing Communications Toolkit team. 

newsletter template

In addition to print and e-newsletters, this text can be submitted to print or digital newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites, and community calendars and event listings. This template is meant to be edited, customized, and added to—in order to meet your organization and community’s unique needs.

email template

Invite community members and local organizations to participate in COVID-19 testing opportunities

informational flyer

getting the test: step by step guide to asymptomatic testing

This PDF is available in multiple languages. Check out our translations page to download this material and more.

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