MyChart Message 3 for 3-26-2020

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MyChart Message 3 for 3-26-2020

MyChart Message 3

Beaver COVID-19 Update 3/26: Testing

Current situation (3/26/20)

As has been widely reported, the number of available COVID-19 testing kits (and the ability of third-party labs to process them) is improving, but not keeping pace with demand. 

The Centers for Disease Control and local health agencies advise prioritizing testing to the sickest patients (usually those in hospital) and to those sicker patients where the results of the test will make a difference in treatment or isolation procedures. Right now, there are simply not enough supplies to test everyone we would like to test. We hope this will change soon and will update our patients when this happens.  

Do I need to be tested?

COVID-19 affects people of all ages. We understand that testing can help remove uncertainty and is critical in accurately charting the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, most patients will be able to recover from home without needing to be tested. Right now, there are no vaccines or specific medical treatments for COVID-19 other than rest and isolation. (Depending on your symptoms, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and over-the-counter cough suppressants may help.)  

If you have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, stay home and call your primary care provider. After talking with you, they’ll decide whether you should be tested.

Older patients, those with severe chronic conditions, and those who are immunocompromised should contact their primary care physician early, even if their symptoms are mild.

If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, call your healthcare provider or emergency services immediately.

If you are not showing symptoms, the test is likely to be negative, even if you are infected. The CDC advises that symptoms typically only appear two to fourteen days after exposure.

Note that symptoms of runny nose or sneezing are very rare with COVID-19, but common with the cold and some allergies. 

For the latest on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.gov or beavermedicalgroup.com/COVID19.