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Before getting a coronavirus test, here's some requirements you have to meet

Posted at 6:37 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 18:37:37-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With more reports of people testing positive for the coronavirus, there are a lot of people going to the doctor to get the test.

But as many people have found out, there are some requirements that you have to meet before you can be tested.

The main requirement isn't even about health. It's whether or not you've traveled lately or been around someone who has traveled.

If that is the case and you're experiencing a fever or lower respiratory illness symptoms, then it's likely you'll be tested for the coronavirus.

The test is a nasal swab that is then sent off to one of the three state labs equipped to handle the testing.

In that time, you'll likely be asked to self-quarantine.

The Florida Department of Health is also immediately contacted and will then monitor the person being tested and anyone they may have been in contact with.

The main reason that there are so many guidelines is because there aren't a lot of the test kits and it takes a lot of resources to get the test done.

If you have regular flu, you can go in and they'll give you a test right there and they'll tell you if you have type a. Soon, that's coming for the coronavirus.

While they do have them and they are producing them, the test just haven't become widely available yet.

So far, the US has seen 19 positive cases of the coronavirus and 31 negative tests. There are currently 69 pending test results.

People are still advised to sanitize as much as possible, regularly wash your hands, and avoid touching your face.