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A 43-year-old female asked:

id like advise if i should be tested for covid-19 no fever persistent cough runny nose body aches head ache this afternoon severe left sinus pain and ear ache (cant open mouth, too sore) feeling fatigued wake up with sore throat

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: The primary thought will be does it change anything & is it easy to obtain. Those who develop difficulty breathing are the group likely to need hospital care & should be tested. Those that don't are likely to cruise through it & self heal, so avoiding a testing line may be prudent. Testing if it is quick & available would give you peace, but the need is something you must decide.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID 19: Because COVID 19 can have so many different presentations, getting tested makes sense. If you don't test, you would probably want to isolate from others. If you have a negative test you would not have to be so concerned about infecting others.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Quarantine: Quarantine yourself, if you get breathing difficulty, go to a hospital. If testing is available, get tested. Wish you good health!
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Symptoms: Could indicate COVID-19, Flu, common cold, infected sinus Nd/or throat. Call your General practitioner and follow his/her recommendations to the letter.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Flu/Strep: Influenza and Strep infection may be more likely with the presentation described, but COVID 19 is also possible. Monitor your temperature, drink fluids and rest. If you experience trouble breathing, please contact your PCP.

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