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A 26-year-old male asked:

Im showing signs of flu and shortness of breath over the last week. i just found out this morning that i was exposed to someone who tested positive. i need advise on how to get tested and treated (if required), beyond just self quarantining.

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Call a doctor: You may need a doctor’s order ASAP if you’ve been exposed and are symptomatic, to get tested, so call to get that order, and when you go to get tested, please try to place a mask on your face to protect others if you can
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wanganswered
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Testing for COVID-19: You had a high risk exposure and now symptomatic, you should be tested for COVID-19. Because you are also showing sign of shortness of breath as you described, I recommend you to see a doctor in office or ER to rule out pneumonia asap, and get treated as indicated. You should wear a mask and self-quarantined in the meantime.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Shortness of breath: A chest imaging study and screening is indicated. You may have COVID-19. Please request a screening test for influenza at the same time. Co-infections may occur. Please proceed to the Emergency room. Avoid contact by using distancing, a mask and gloves.
Dr. Dora Chizea
Anti-Aging Medicine 48 years experience
Stop all Cold/Iced..: In addition to prior answers/ advice to go to ER asap; Stop all Cold/iced drinks & foods , Drink only Warm water, hot tea and the like and gargle with Salt water and use the asthma inhaler like Ventolin if available. Yes, Hurry to the ER

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