Who should be tested for the Coronavirus?

Answer: 

Due to a global shortage of COVID-19 testing equipment, only those who display obvious symptoms or meet the following criteria should apply to be tested.

Make an appointment if you:

  • display flu- or pneumonia-like symptoms
  • have recently been in close contact with someone confirmed to have the virus
  • have recently travelled to a high-risk country (China (all provinces), Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Italy and the Islamic Republic of Iran etc.), or
  • worked in or visited a COVID-19 treating facility

Before making an appointment at one of SA's testing facilities, those who suspect that they might be infected should take the following risk-assessment test: SARS-CoV-2 Risk Assessment Form

When going to the testing facility, phone ahead to book an appointment and advise staff of your symptoms.

  • Wear a surgical mask at your appointment to protect those around you.
  • Practice proper coughing etiquette i.e. maintain a safe distance from others (1-2m), wash your hands frequently, and cover your coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues and dispose of it safely as soon as possible. 

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