Unfortunately, these are not easy questions to answer yet – but it is a topic we are following, and we will update this story regularly as new information comes up. The first thing to know is that the country has seen a shortage of tests, even though new, faster test methods are emerging . A number of companies are also developingone of which has been approved by the FDA. Separately, look for evidence that a person was infected with COVID-19, even if they never had symptoms.
While the CDC provides guidance, decisions aboutis ultimately left to national and local health departments, and often to individual physicians. Since it is believed that most people who contract the virus experience mild symptoms and recover at home, they are advised the CDC notes. However, if you're experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus and want to find a test site near you, here's how to do it.
Finding a COVID-19 Test Site Near You
All US states now offer COVID-19 tests, although availability varies by location. You must first call your doctor or a. They will tell you if they think you need a test and how to get it. Or you can visit the websites of your national health service or local health department to find the latest testing information in your area.
A handful of states – including New York, Connecticut and California – offer drive-through testing sites. But many of them require a doctor's decision or an appointment (although officials in New York have said that those without a doctor's letter will not be turned down).
More testing supplies are becoming available, but it can still be difficult to find a place to get tested, according to the CDC. If you have an iPhone ($ 699 at Apple) there is another option: to its Maps app for and those sites are starting to appear now. Providers can add their test locations by visiting register.apple.com/covid-19.
The type of COVID-19 test you do may differ depending on where you go: National and local health services have tests from the CDC, while other medical providers receive tests developed by commercial manufacturers, according to the CDC .
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Can You Check Wait Time?
Hours of waiting times at many drive-through test centers, clinics, and even virtual doctor's offices have frustrated people in many cities across the United States. Calling a doctor or clinic in advance is the best choice to make an appointment and not have to wait – potentially infecting others. (The CDC recommendswhen going out in certain areas, even if it is a . In some places, . )
Unfortunately, for drive-through test centers, there is often no other way to find a waiting time than to show up. You can check your state or local health department's Twitter or Facebook accounts to see if there are any updates (for example, when Colorado offered drive-through testing, the Department of Health and Environment tweeted waiting times ).
Many drive-through test centers have a fixed number of tests per day, so it is a good idea to arrive early if possible.
After you are tested, you are encouraged to isolate yourself until you get results over the phone (although some clinics may return results while you wait). However, how quickly you get those results depends on where you live. Thousands of people have waited for more than a week for results due to a backlog of tests.
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The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice . Always consult a physician or other qualified health care professional if you have questions about a medical condition or health goals.