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Whence can I get tested for COVID-19 in the Bay Area? (3)

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Q: What happens if I do not have a primary care doctor or if I am not insured? If you just lost your business, don't panic: you can still get insurance. As of Friday, the state announced that anyone uninsured and eligible for covered California can now subscribe by the end of June. But if you are in the mouth, the best place to start is to call a local health unit to get you in touch with local resources. For example, Santa Clara County 2-1-1 Service will help you get in touch with Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center, the area's public hospital system. If you are sick enough to go to the ambulance service providers are obliged to help. Still, again, health professionals are warning you to rely on emergencies just for testing purposes of avoiding congestion. Most California hospitals set up "tents" outside of the emergency room for patients with respiratory symptoms, according to Mills. There you will be evaluated and eventually tested, sent to commercial

Whence can I get tested for COVID-19 in the Bay Area? (2)

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Q: I think I'm sick. What am I doing? First of all, you should contact your doctor and tell him what you are going through. Independent testing is not an option. Depending on COVID-19's policies, you may be asked to make a video or phone call and not leave home. From there, your doctor will decide if you qualify for the test and tell you where to go. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had very restrictive guidelines; now offers a "priority list" but relies on the clinician's judgment. The decision to test affects your age, your medical condition, the severity of your symptoms, and other factors. If you have mild symptoms of a cold and do not have a history of COVID-19 exposure, even if you are over 65 years of age, "we strongly recommend that you do not go to an emergency room or a healthcare facility.", a Los Altos geriatrician. Too many establishments are sending elderly patients to hospitals, he said. You may have a routine

Whence can I get tested for COVID-19 in the Bay Area?

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The test is not yet available to many. Here's who qualified - and why. You feel feverish and tired. You have a cough. What now? In a perfect world, they would test themselves on COVID-19. It would be quick, easy, free, and available. We are not in this world - at least not yet. Of course, things are improving. But despite guarantees from Washington D.C., testing demand still exceeds our stock in the Gulf. So here's what you do. Call your doctor first. He'll probably tell you this: If you have mild cold symptoms, stay home, and isolate yourself. They are not a priority for rare tests. If you have moderate to severe symptoms or get worse, you can get tested - especially if you are over 65, have environmental health conditions, have been in contact with a known cause, or have recently traveled outside the United States. Coordinate your tests at your local polyclinic, emergency room, or driving location. "The main message is: if you are sick with the flu and can