With COVID-19 numbers on the rise again, many guidelines have changed recently. The U.S. continues to hit record numbers of cases which means that healthcare providers are getting overwhelmed. With that in mind, Florida released new testing guidelines today.
According to WESH 2, Governor Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo announced the new guidelines, basing them on “high-value testing.” According to Ladapo, “High-value testing is when people who have symptoms get tested in order to access treatment that would change their outcomes if they’re positive.”
Under the new guidance, people who have COVID-19 symptoms and are high-risk should:
- Get tested for COVID-19 soon after symptom onset.
- Should seek early “monoclonal antibody or antiviral drug treatment,” as well as any other necessary medical treatment.
If you don’t have symptoms, but you’re high risk, you should:
- Consider getting tested for COVID-19 soon after symptom onset.
- Seek medical treatment only when necessary.
And for those who have no COVID-19 symptoms (even if you were exposed):
- COVID-19 testing is unlikely to have any clinical benefits.
Both Governor Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo note that these statements are simply guidelines for the public, and that individuals are free to make their own decisions about testing.
We’ll keep you updated with any more health and safety changes, so stay tuned to AllEars for the latest!
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