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When should I get tested?

The decision on how and when to get tested for coronavirus most likely won’t be yours to make. It’ll be a doctor or other healthcare professional who determines whether your situation or symptoms are serious enough to warrant a test.

If you’re beginning to experience symptoms of COVID-19—a dry cough, fever, and a shortness of breath—do not immediately hop in your car and go to the doctor’s office or the hospital. Instead, you need to call your doctor to see if you meet the criteria to get tested. If your symptoms are mild, you’ll probably be told to stay at home, because testing still isn’t widely available in the U.S. and because tests are being reserved mostly for those with high-risk cases.

If doctors decide you need to be tested, however, how and when that can happen depends on where you are located. Here’s a handy guide to how all 50 states are handling the ability to test for coronavirus.

Sources: CDC, NBC News, New York Times