Should I be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)?
NEW DEVELOPMENT*: As coronavirus continues to spread, many people wonder if they should be tested. Due to a national shortage of testing materials, public health officials are adjusting testing recommendations based on local supplies. Based on recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, testing in ambulatory clinics, urgent cares and emergency centers is being suspended for patients not requiring hospitalization.
*These guidelines apply to residents of Minnesota, if you live elsewhere contact your doctor or clinic for local testing guidelines and facilities in your area.
What should I do?
As with other viral respiratory infections, most people with mild symptoms will get better on their own and can be treated from home. If you’re experiencing cold, cough, or flu-like symptoms you have options.
Option 1: Stay home and monitor symptoms
If your fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms are mild, please stay home. And if they worsen, you can always come back and we’ll help you re-evaluate.
And because you have these symptoms, you should remain in home isolation until you meet these 3 conditions:
- 7 days have passed since your symptoms started.
- No fever for at least 72 hours without using fever reducing medicine.
- Your respiratory symptoms have improved.
Also, please notify those living in the same household or with whom you’ve had close contact since developing symptoms that they should assume they’ve been exposed.
- To help contain the spread of this virus, they should isolate themselves for 14 days from first exposure even if they do not have symptoms.
Option 2: Seek online care
If you would feel better with a more comprehensive assessment of your unique situation, including a treatment plan and 24/7 nurse practitioner support, then we can help you manage your symptoms at home.
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Option 3: Seek care in-person for severe symptoms
If your symptoms start to feel severe, (like worsening shortness of breath or wheezing) you should go to the nearest urgent care or emergency center for evaluation and treatment. Make sure to call ahead for directions on where to go and what to do when you arrive.
I don’t have symptoms, but I may have been exposed to COVID-19.
While you may not currently be experiencing cold, cough, or respiratory symptoms, there are certain groups at higher risk for COVID-19, including:
- Those who have recently traveled to an affected location with widespread or ongoing community spread seen here.
- Those who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
What should I do?
- Stay home and isolate yourself for 14 days from first exposure, even if you do not have symptoms. Many experience mild or no symptoms and can carry to others who are at higher risk for getting very sick.
- Watch for these common symptoms