Who Should Be Tested for the Coronavirus Disease?
As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) affects people around the globe, you’re likely hearing all sorts of information about potential new symptoms and who should—and should not—be tested. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still a rapidly evolving situation, coronavirus testing capabilities throughout the country have generally improved, allowing more individuals to receive tests and find answers to their health questions.
As of May 2020, the Maryland Department of Health encourages medical professionals to use their best judgement when determining whether or not a patient should be tested. This is because testing may still be limited in some areas, and most patients only experience mild symptoms and can recover at home within a few weeks. Currently, the groups who receive priority for coronavirus testing include:
- Hospitalized patients
- Healthcare and law enforcement workers who have symptoms
- Residents of nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and other long-term care facilities who have symptoms
- Individuals who have symptoms and are at a higher risk of experiencing serious complications
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high-risk individuals include people who:
- Are obese (have a body mass index of 40 or higher)
- Are older than 65
- Have lung disease or asthma
- Are immunocompromised
- Have heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes
Coronavirus Testing at Fast Track Urgent Care
If you are displaying potential symptoms of the novel coronavirus disease or have been in contact with someone who has, turn to Fast Track Urgent Care. Our fully equipped urgent care clinic in Kensington, Maryland, is offering drive-up coronavirus testing for patients who have first consulted with a clinician during a Virtual Visit. Through this convenient telemedicine service, our professionals can evaluate your situation and determine if testing is right for you. Contact us today for more information.