What exactly happens when you’re testing.

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Across Australia, and the entire world, thousands are being tested for COVID-19 every day.

But there is also a shortage in the materials needed to create the crucial tests, meaning that at present, not everyone with flu-like symptoms will be tested.

The government is recommending people with acute, cold, flu-like symptoms who are returned travellers, or a contact of a confirmed case, be tested for COVID-19.

All your COVID-19 questions, answered. Post continues below video.

But then, what happens next?

How do you get tested for COVID-19?

If you fit the criteria, a GP, public hospital or private pathology site can do the test – but don’t just turn up and ask. Call ahead, and make sure you mention your overseas travel or link to a confirmed case so medical staff can prepare appropriate infection control measures.

Some states have also established dedicated COVID-19 clinics at certain…

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