By Robert A. Poarch
COVID-19 is an ever-evolving issue. There’s a lot of information available about COVID-19 symptoms and whether you should call your physician or visit the emergency department, which should remain a resource for only those who are critically ill or injured. In an effort to help you make that decision, the Mission Health online COVID-19 Screening Tool is available.
The Mission Health online COVID-19 Screening Tool is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult a medical professional for serious symptoms or emergencies. If you’re experiencing a life- or limb-threatening emergency, call 911 or the number for your local emergency service.
How can I access the Mission Health online COVID-19 Screening Tool?
How long does it take to use the tool?
It takes only a couple of minutes to answer the multiple-choice questions.
How much does it cost?
The screening tool is free.
What should I do if I get a fever or mild symptoms?
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or congestion or if you have travelled to an area affected by the current strain of coronavirus you should consider seeking medical advice. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.
What should I do if I develop shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or more significant symptoms?
Call your physician or seek medical care immediately.
Why am I not being tested for COVID-19?
Patients without symptoms or with mild to moderate symptoms will likely not be tested for the virus. A positive test does not change the course of the illness. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill should self- isolate, do social distancing and care for themselves at home.
You may not be tested for COVID-19 because you do not meet the criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, the CDC advises that clinicians should determine whether to order a test based on specific criteria. COVID-19 tests are not intended to be an assessment of your risk, but rather to confirm cases in symptomatic patients. If you are worried but don’t have symptoms, please stay home. Going to a doctor’s office or hospital adds to a higher concentration of people and further overwhelms the medical staff.