New COVID-19 Workplace Antigen Testing

Antigen tests are an effective tool to help employers prevent the spread COVID-19 in the workplace. When used for screening employees in non-healthcare workplaces, antigen tests can detect current infection before an employee enters the workplace or returns to work.

The CDC fact sheet Antigen Testing for Screening in Non-Healthcare Workplaces: A Tool to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 provides information about antigen testing, test results, reporting results, and test frequency in non-healthcare settings to help employers make informed choices about this testing option. The test is an easy-to administer, low-cost way to get quick results from a COVID-19 screening.

Antigen testing is especially useful for employees who do not show any signs or symptoms or have no known COVID-19 exposure. Antigen testing is also useful for workers at an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, like business travelers and those who work in crowded indoor spaces.

Learn more about COVID-19 employer screening requirements, as well as how to provide antigen tests to screen employees for the virus that causes COVID-19.

View the FDA fact sheet on testing vs. screening.