The rising confusion surroundingcoronavirus testing and medical care affects a wide variety ofpeople: patients, employers, lab facilities, insurance carriers andMedicare and Medicaid.

Here are answers to some of the questions benefits advisors,employer and employees may have now.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

A fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath are common 2-14 daysafter exposure. Rather than going to their primary care physician'soffice, patients should call their doctor or the health departmentand get advice on whether to seek a test for the virus. Testing is available in every state. The number of tests and thefacilities qualified to perform them will increase over time.

More serious symptoms which require emergency medical attentioninclude:

  • Difficulty breathing or extreme shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to rouse the patient
  • Blue coloring on lips or face 

"Should I get tested?"

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