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Who Are Qualified For Coronavirus Testing?

With the number of COVID-19 cases continuously growing around the world as we enter the second month of quarantine, an increasing number of facilities around the country are becoming coronavirus testing sites. But is getting a test that easy? How can you qualify for one?

COVID-19 Testing: What You Need To Know

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the U.S. and countless parts of the world, testing is needed more than ever. This is because testing tells us two things. First, it confirms the disease in people who are presumed to have it since they are already showing symptoms. Second, it also tells us if the people who seem safe are also carrying the virus around and potentially passing it onto other people. Knowing these two things are important and helps protect us all from getting the virus and suffering from more deaths.

But how do you get tested?

Unfortunately, not everyone in the U.S. can get tested right now, although some states and cities may be able to test more people than others. For example, New York is perhaps the one with the most amount of testing kits, given that it’s a COVID-19 hotspot and is the leading site in the country for confirmed cases.

Thankfully, experts and scientists are tirelessly working to make more efficient test kits to mass-produce so that as many people as possible can get tested.

In any case, getting tested would require you first to have an appointment with a doctor, who will then qualify you. The qualifications and policies on testing is different in each state, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you contact your state health department for information. The CDC can also help you choose which site to visit for testing.

As for when to seek medical attention, you should look for it when you start experiencing the top symptoms, which includes fever, cough and, of course, pain or pressure in the chest as well as bluish lips or face.

If you’re a higher risk person, you should also seek medical attention as soon as possible.

coronavirus-testing-ap More testing is needed in the United States before the country can reopen, according to a study from Harvard Matthias Schrader/AP

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