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When and How to Get Tested for COVID-19

In the following video, Dr. Zam Dewji explains when and how you should get tested for Covid-19.

As an Ear, Nose and Throat physician in BC, we are facing a very challenging set of circumstances. The COVID-19 virus is now at pandemic levels, affecting the world. No one is safe from this disease. Some think we can simply fight it off and while this may be true for some, it’s likely not for some of your family and friends. For every 100 people that you know are infected, 2-3 will die. More so if you are over the age of 60. We may get to this level in Canada very soon if we do not take proper precautions now.

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Does that mean you should jump to get tested? The short answer is no. We are limited to how many patients we can test before our system gets overloaded. If you are young, healthy and develop a dry cough, fever, fatigue, and/or body aches, you may have contracted the virus. The best thing to do is contact 811 or your family physicians or walk in clinic to advise them that you have symptoms and let them know your status. At this stage, you should simply stay home and self-isolate for 14 days. Ask family and friends to drop off the essentials for you but do not come in contact. 

IF you are having breathing concerns, you must reach out to these clinics immediately for testing or to your nearest Emergency room. Please don a mask if you can and call ahead if possible. You will be tested and treated at the hospital. 

I cannot stress how important it is to wash your hands and avoid any gatherings at this point. Be vigilant, keep your distance from others and be safe.

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