Since the start of the pandemic, only a few million Canadians have been tested for COVID-19. Which means the vast majority of us don’t actually know what the experience is like. So, what should you expect?We encourage people to wait at least seven days before coming in and getting testedif they think they might have been exposed. When I got tested a few weeks ago I had to wait in line for about 60 minutes. Though, of course, your experience may be very differentdepending on where you live. Also what time of day you go. Keep in mind the other people around you might be sick. So it’s always a good idea to keep your physical distanceand, of course, wear a mask. Now, while you’re waiting in line you might be given a form to fill out. Just basic contact information. Once it’s your turn, you’ll have to answer a few more basic questions:How you’re feeling, any possible symptoms you havepossible exposures. Then comes the test itself. Basically you sit down, you take yourmask offyou lean back and the swab goes inand they’ll typically swab for a few secondsjust to make sure that they get a good sampleand it does go deepbut honestly, it’s not so deepthat it feels like it’s hitting some part of your head that you didn’t know existedand it’s not painful. One or two nostrils later and you’re done. Staff will explain for you how you get your test results. It could be by phone. I got mine over email. Or you can get them yourself online. As for how long it takes to get your resultit could be in as little as 24 hoursor as long as a week. It really depends on where you live. Now one thing that you should understand. A test result is only really a snapshot in time. So people who are working in environmentswhere they’re exposed to many members of the publicor through other workplace exposures should be tested regularly. So don’t hesitate to come backand anyway it’s free.