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I have mild cold/flu like symptoms; headache, runny nose, mild sore throat. i do not have temperature, or taste/smell loss, nor body aches. i have not been in contact with anyone known to have covid. should i take a covid test?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID 19 concerns: You can use an on-line app to see your level of risk. 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: Covid-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Please contact your doctor by phone for further evaluation and mechanism for testing in your area. Wear a mask, stay away from others, practice hand hygiene. Be sure to get tested, if you get symptoms. If you develop breathing difficulty, go to the nearest hospital, immediately. Wish you good health.

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