CDC director agrees to pay for COVID-19 testing for all Americans

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies before a House Oversight Committee hearing on preparedness for and response to the coronavirus outbreak on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 7:35 PM PT — Thursday, March 12, 2020

Following a heated exchange on Capitol Hill, the head of the CDC agreed that the agency will pay for coronavirus testing for all Americans, even if they don’t have insurance.

While questioning Director Robert Redfield on Thursday, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) asked him how much it costs to get someone tested. She drew out the math in front of him, which came out to more than $1,300 per person in out-of-pocket costs.

Symptoms for COVID-19 include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. If you feel like you need to be tested, you’ll need to get a recommendation from a doctor or heath care provider first.

In the meantime, President Trump has released a series of tips to keep Americans and their families safe from the coronavirus. In a series of tweets, the president urged everyone to wash their hands upon coming home and continue washing on a regular basis afterwards.

He noted younger people should avoid unnecessary contact with vulnerable seniors. He also urged citizens to regularly clean all surfaces and utensils.

Intensive basic hygiene and avoidance of cash payments will help, while larger gatherings of people should be avoided.

According to the president, increased ventilation in cars and homes is also a good practice.

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