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Social Graces: You want to get a COVID-19 test but don't have a car. Here's what to do.

By Hannah Herrera Greenspan, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Home and Consumer News

Q: What should you do if you are sick or need a COVID-19 test, but don't have a car?

A: It is a good question and important that people are aware of the risk of exposing others. First, check to see if there is a testing site close to where you live to comfortably walk to, if you are feeling well enough.

If not, ask to have someone drive you - with both of you masked, you sitting in the back and the other person driving. To reduce the risk of exposure, wipe down all the surfaces you touch when you leave the car. You can also use a ride service, such as Uber or Lyft, with you sitting in the backseat and wearing a mask. Lastly, if you must use public transportation, remember to wear a mask and stay as far from others as possible.

Most importantly, if you are feeling very ill, specifically if you are short of breath or having chest pain, you should call 911.

- Dr. Nancy Glick, Infectious Disease, Mount Sinai Hospital


A: The CDC recommends prioritizing patients for testing who have symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat.

Most people can self-isolate safely at home if they are medically stable and not having a medical emergency. If you are having emergency warning signs for COVID-19, you should call 911 immediately. Emergency warning signs include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face. This list is not all of the possible symptoms. For any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you, call your medical provider.

- Kimberley Conrad Junius, Cook County Department of Public Health

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