When You Should Get Tested for COVID-19

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, 9:31 am

Most people are very concerned about the risk of contracting the coronavirus, and for good reason. Numbers of infected and positive tests increase more and more every day, and these numbers still aren’t representative of the total infection rate due to a lack of testing. 

However, testing is becoming more widely available as more American manufacturers develop, test, and release these COVID-19 tests. Some of the tests for COVID-19 are not well tested and may not be accurate, but it is still a good idea to get tested depending on your symptoms and other factors.

The symptoms associated with COVID-19 include:

  • Nasal congestion, sometimes quite severe
  • Unexplained cough
  • Fever over 100 degrees
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Many other uncommon symptoms

If you have these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have COVID-19. You may not need to be tested; although if you believe you are having symptoms, you should self-quarantine until you do not have symptoms or you have a negative test. 

However, if the following apply, you should definitely seek out a COVID-19 test.

  • You have been around someone who is known to have the coronavirus.
  • You have traveled outside the country, state, or your geographic area to places with higher infection rates.
  • You have had your symptoms for several days without relief.
  • There is no other explanation for your symptoms.

If you think you might need to be tested for COVID-19, contact us today for a review of your symptoms.

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Category: Infections

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