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Hard-hid states like Washington, New York, and California are restricting COVID-19 testing to top priority groups who need it most.
The lack of personal protective equipment and testing supplies continues to hamper efforts to diagnosis those who are sick and prevent additional spread of COVID-19.
People in hard-hit areas are being told to stay home and assume community spread of the disease.
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Want a COVID-19 test? At this point, it depends what a physician says. Log on to Washington State’s health department website and navigate to its information on coronavirus testing and you’ll see this:

“People do not always need to be tested for clinical care purposes since there is currently no medication to treat COVID-19.”

Washington, New York, and California are some states that are cracking down on who gets tested for COVID-19. Even those who are sick with mild symptoms are advised to stay home and call their healthcare provider.

The reasoning for limited testing comes down to the same reason the US isn’t faring well in its fight against the novel coronavirus: A lack of resources.

Specifically, a lack of diagnostic testing materials, like nasal swabs, and a lack of protective equipment for medical professionals. As a result, medical facilities are overrun with cases, which has triggered this need for more limited testing.

“We don’t have enough tests to test everyone and we have to prioritize them for where it matters for care,” Dr. Emmy Betz, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine told Business Insider. Betz is advocating on social media to get doctors more personal protective equipment to treat patients.

Who should get tested

Every state is a bit different, Betz said. While there are national, state, and local guidelines, there are no “hard and fast” rules about who gets a test and who doesn’t, which adds to a lot of confusion.

According to CDC guidelines, those who warrant top priority testing are as follows:

Priority 1: Symptomatic health care workers are a top priority because they could easily spread the virus to others on the job.
Priority 2: First responders with symptoms are the next priority.

Betz said at this point, everyone in the country needs to assume there is community spread. She adds that coming to a hospital to get tested when they are faring okay at home could cause more harm than …read more

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