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Should I be tested for COVID-19?

The CDC advises that people should be tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19, have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, or have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local, or state health department. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness seems mild.

If you have very severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, atypical confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face, call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility and notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Updated 3 December 2020

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