What to do if you are a migrant in France and have symptoms of COVID-19?

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Fever, persistent cough and difficulty breathing… Symptoms of COVID-19 can cause serious complications and may require emergency treatment. For migrants living on the streets, knowing where and how to get for a test can be difficult. InfoMigrants tells you more:

If you have a fever, persistent cough, headache, and loss of taste and smell, you may have been infected with the coronavirus. To be 100% sure whether you have contracted COVID-19 or not, there is only one way to find out: to get tested.

So where should I take a test?

You can go to one of the access points to health services in France, called PASS. These 24-hour health clinics are accessible to anyone in a precarious situation and without health coverage.

If you don’t know how to get to the nearest PASS center, ask the NGOs that are active in and around your camp.

How is the test performed?

“The test involves inserting a soft cotton swab into each nostril for a few seconds. There is no blood test. It may sound a bit unpleasant, but it doesn’t hurt, ”the government explains on its website.

Do I have to bring an ID?

It’s better if you do.

If you have ID or passport, you must bring it. If possible, also bring your social security card (PUMA, CMU or AME card). If you don’t have social security, you can still get tested.

What kind of information do I need to provide to get tested?

  • Last name
  • First name
  • Date of Birth
  • Health problems
  • Current situation (ex: I share a room, I live in a tent with other people, etc.)

It’s free?

Yes. Social security covers the full cost of the test, and you do not need to purchase health insurance.

If you are not covered by Social Security, don’t worry, you still don’t have to pay anything as long as you take the test at a PASS center.

If you don’t have Social Security but have the financial resources to pay for the test yourself, you can get tested at any lab in the city where you live.

Usually, results are ready after two to three days (usually delivered by email, phone, or Internet messaging services)

What if my test is positive?

If your test results come back positive, you are required to self-isolate to avoid the risk of infecting others. You will also need to wear a face mask. The medical staff at the clinic where you were tested may also recommend that you go to a specialized shelter while you are HIV-positive. These centers are free.

What if the test results are negative?

It means you don’t have COVID-19.

However, you can get it later, so it’s important to keep an eye out for any potential symptoms.

If you have any doubts about your results, take the test again.

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