When Should You Get Tested? Here's What The City Of Boston Says

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — If you're feeling under the weather, the City of Boston says there are certain steps you should take to determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19.

At 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday, residents who have signed up for the City's daily text updates received an alert about a new information page that discusses the symptoms of coronavirus, and how to assess when it's time to go and get tested.

The City of Boston's Public Health Commission says the first step is to check your own symptoms.

"The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. The most common method to acquire COVID-19 is through direct contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. However, community transmission is happening in some areas. Community transmission occurs when a virus spreads and the source is not known."

If you're having symptoms of the virus and you're in a group considered "high-risk," the City's health officials say you should contact your doctor straight away so they can assess whether you need a COVID-19 test.

"High-risk" groups include anyone over the age of 60, those with underlying health conditions, weakened immune systems, and pregnant women. The City says first responders and medical professionals who have close contact with people with the virus due to their jobs, and have symptoms themselves, should get tested "regardless of the high-risk criteria."

The information page also has advice for keeping your fellow household members from catching any virus from each other, and details on when a person should end their isolation period. To read more, click here.

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