Residents lined up across Houston to get tested for COVID after the holiday

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – After gathering with friends and family over Christmas, many people lined up Monday to get tested for COVID-19 as the omicron variant continued to spike.

“All I can do is wait. I’ve been to many places and it’s all the same,” said Houston resident Connie Dennis.

With home tests so hard to find, test lines have been backed up across the city.

Mitchell Pullum, who had been waiting for over an hour at a test site southwest of town when ABC13 said, “Last night I was out until about 9:00 and I couldn’t find any tracks. check at home”. with him.

Dr. Linda Yancey, an Infectious Diseases expert, explains: “We were all frustrated by the limited availability of outpatient testing at the Hermann Memorial.

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We asked Dr Yancey some of the top test questions:

Who will be tested for COVID after gathering for the holiday?

“If you’ve just finished gathering and have no symptoms, I would tell everyone to hold back and see how you feel for the next few days. If you have symptoms, it’s important that you get tested because we do. yes Yancey said.

What are the most common symptoms associated with omicron variation?

“Omicron mirrors a lot of the other variations we’ve had where most people would have a stuffy nose, a sore throat, a runny nose. People who start to have trouble breathing need to go to the emergency room to get evaluated because it could be a Yancey explaining that the symptoms of COVID pneumonia can be terrible.

How soon after exposure to COVID should a person get tested?

“The incubation period tends to be three to seven days, so if you start to feel symptoms within the next week, it’s important to get tested,” says Yancey.

Yancey went on to explain the early signs that the omicron variant, although more infectious than delta, can have milder symptoms.

“It’s strange to say it, but a less serious disease that is more contagious than plains is a good thing because fewer and fewer people are getting seriously ill. Right now, we still have a lot of people in the hospital. Yancey said.

If you have a stuffy nose, sore throat or runny nose – common COVID symptoms – you should get checked out, although it may take some time.

Dennis said: “It’s frustrating but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry because it’s really serious.

As more home tests are expected to be available soon, we’ve reached out to Texas Department of Health officials to see if the positive results from the home tests will be followed, and whether they are added to the case count. in the state. We discovered, results from home tests will not be reported.

Their full answers to our questions are as follows:

“Only test results done by a lab or through a healthcare provider are required to be reported to public health authorities. Many people are using home tests. to determine if it is safe to travel or gather with family and test both negative and positive. results from these tests are not reported to public health.”

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