Do I Need to Be Tested for COVID-19?

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Coronavirus tests can produce results within 4-6 hours to several days. However, the US is short on supplies. As a result, manufacturers are now rushing to produce more tests and not everyone can get tested for COVID-19. But, if you think you’re having symptoms, here’s what you should do.

What if I Have Coronavirus Symptoms?

If you have reason to believe you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or if you’ve developed a fever, cough, or breathing difficulties, call your PCP or your local emergency room. Most people with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and are able to recover on their own at home.  Call 911 if you have emergency symptoms such as trouble breathing, chest pain, or bluish lips.

Shouldn’t I Get Tested for COVID-19?

Although a test will reveal your status, not everyone needs to be tested. It’s important to note there is no specific treatment for this virus. Decisions about testing are left up to individual clinicians as well as state and local health departments. If you have symptoms of coronavirus and feel strongly about getting tested, call your doctor or local emergency room for guidance. 

What if I Test Positive for COVID-19?

If you or someone in your home tests positive for COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. Per CDC guidelines:

  • You should self-quarantine. This means staying home from work, school, and away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Monitor your symptoms carefully. If symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Get rest and stay hydrated.
  • If you do need to visit a doctor, call your healthcare provider ahead of time and warn them that you may have COVID-19, so they can give you instructions to minimize spreading the virus when you go in for your appointment.

If You Test Negative for COVID-19…

If you test negative for COVID-19, you should continue to practice all safeguards set forth by your local authorities. Testing negative does not mean you will not get sick. CDC expects that COVID-19 will continue to spread and it’s up to each one of us to prevent an outbreak. 

Hospitality Health ER in Tyler, Galveston, and Longview is open 24-7. If you think you’re having COVID-19 symptoms, call ahead and ask to speak to a nurse.