Drive-up testing does exist; however, this is limited to people with symptoms at this time. Here is the general information from the AZ Gov’s Office on symptomatic testing via Drive-Up: https://www.azdhs.gov/
The testing dates are: Saturday, May 9 and Saturday, May 16 at the following locations in Tucson:
|05/09/2020||Pima||Banner Health – Tucson||265 W. Ina Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704||844-549-1851||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|05/09/2020||Pima||Walgreens – Tucson||10315 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85748||Pre-Registration||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Both locations require pre-registration and certain criteria for testing. Here are the current symptoms per CDC guidelines: fever, measured as temperature > 100.3 °F, or subjective fever based on clinical judgment; and respiratory symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat, loss of sense of smell and or taste. Asymptomatic Antibody testing on a mass scale without a doctor’s order is pending – likely end of this month.
- If you have symptoms such as those mentioned above. Contact a doctor and let him/her arrange for testing.
- If you are asymptomatic – wait for mass testing to begin. I anticipate home kits and further access to mass testing are forthcoming within this month. Again, the type of mass testing is yet to be determined. Labs are not ramped to the point where they can accommodate that scale of testing at this time.
- Continue to remain vigilant and cautious when in public places. I continue to recommend masks and disposable gloves when in public places – the point here, limiting the spread.
- New interventions and treatments are under development (such as Antiviral Drug Remdesivir showing early promise with treatment and recovery for severe cases). Vaccine development is aggressively underway on a global basis.
- So…pending the above, the smart play here is to not unnecessarily expose yourself and remain cautious.
Final thoughts: I wish to reassure and remind folks that, the vast majority of individuals who contract COVID-19 recover. However, outcomes are variable and at times unpredictable. To err on the side of caution pending the validation of treatments and or the development of a vaccine is in everyone’s better interest. Those of you who may have an interest in statistical information regarding COVID-19, the lead agency within the US (and the one responsible for this information) is the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/). The lead agency on a global basis is the WHO ( https://www.who.int/).In closing, provide the following simply as perspective, as your doctor and as an American; nothing more.