Right now, most people are not being tested for COVID-19. This is to save testing resources for people who are at highest risk, and to keep other people at home so they have lower risk of contracting or spreading the virus. Doctors and nurses are very busy right now caring for the sickest patients, so use online information to determine if you really need to call or see them. If you do not fit the criteria below, you probably don’t need to call your doctor or be seen.
If you are well, stay home, stay safe, and slow the spread of COVID-19.
If you are mildly ill, but safe at home, stay home and avoid transmitting the virus to others. Here’s how you can stay safe at home.
You should contact your doctor to request consideration for testing if you are:
- Sick enough to require urgent medical care
- Have mild respiratory tract infection symptoms (fever, new cough, new shortness of breath) AND very high risk of severe disease: 65 or older, immunocompromised (cancer, solid organ transplant, other immunosuppressive drugs, chronic lung disease, hemodialysis, advanced HIV)
- Have mild respiratory tract infection symptoms (fever, new cough, new shortness of breath) AND very high risk of known COVID-19 (known lab diagnosed COVID-19 case, travel to CDC level 3 countries