Don’t Hesitate to Get a COVID-19 Test
Across the state, there’s been a decline in demand for COVID-19 testing.
On its face, this seems like great news. Massachusetts has seen a decline in new cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks. Hospitalizations and deaths are down.
Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, while still plagued by high demand and low supply, is increasing by the day.
But this good news doesn’t mean that the pandemic is over. And COVID-19 testing is still vitally important to slowing the spread of the virus.
It’s critical to get a COVID-19 test if you’ve been exposed to someone with the virus, if you are planning a trip or returning from one, or you have symptoms.
It’s especially important as spring allergy season begins. It may be easy for people with mild cases of coronavirus to write it off as allergies—and spread the virus to others.
I encourage anyone with any of these symptoms to schedule a test to rule out COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Remember: If you are experiencing symptoms, insurance will cover the cost of your COVID-19 test.
Testing is also important so public health officials can track an increase in new cases in certain areas to see if some of the more contagious variants of COVID-19 are causing more widespread illness.
We've made testing even more convenient.
Health Express now allows patients to schedule appointments for rapid COVID-19 testing up to 60 days in advance.
This means if your family is planning a spring trip, you can schedule the tests you need to get to your destination, and tests to get back to work and school when you return.
After a brief telehealth visit, you'll come in for your test. Once your swab is complete, you’ll have your results in 15 minutes.
Visit the new Health Express website to book a COVID-19 test.
(South Shore Medical Center offers COVID-19 testing for both symptomatic adult patients and for pediatric patients who may have been exposed to COVID-19. All asymptomatic adult SSMC patients should come to Health Express. Visit the MyChart login page for more information.)
It’s been a long and difficult year, and we’re grateful to see hope on the horizon. But we cannot let our guard down now.
Continue to physically distance, practice good hand hygiene, wear a mask in public, avoid crowds, follow appropriate state guidelines, and get a COVID-19 test when symptomatic, you’ve possibly been exposed, or before/after travel.