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Amy has flu like symptoms - sore throat, headache, sore chest when breathing deeply or after a sneeze, is feeling tired and her ears are a bit blocked. do we need to do a covid test?

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Dr. Michael Segal
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Who and age: Not sure how old Amy is or if related? A general question, any underlying conditions? Is there loss of smell an/or taste, fever. So, answer is: appears to be flu like symptoms. My best guess is be tested for flu first, continue supportive care-fluids, tylenol and rest, maybe a cough/expectorant. Not likely is covid.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID 19 concerns: In South Africa- one consults with a medical provider who will determine need for COVID 19 testing. Consult your local primary care provider or you can use telemedicine for individual consultations. Suspicion for COVID 19 is higher if you have at least 2 of these symptoms: temp of at least 99.6 F (37.5 C), Cough, Shortness of breath, Chills, Shivering, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat or new

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