I just got an email from my primary physician. It starts off with:

On Monday March 23 the North Carolina public health authorities issued some important changes in recommendations:

1) People with Covid-19, or suspected Covid-19 SHOULD NOT BE TESTED to confirm the infection. The concern is that sick people getting tested may get other people sick—and that people who don’t really have Covid-19 might become infected while getting tested. We know that this is a confusing situation. We want anyone who has respiratory symptoms of new onset, or who has been exposed, to call us for a video visit with his or her provider. We will help you establish a game plan to deal with your illness.

[their emphasis]

Don’t get tested because coming in to get tested will either make you sick or make other people sick. Just stay away.

Our health care system is a flaming disaster.

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