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Man who traveled to Iran fights for COVID-19 testing

Posted at 7:48 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 11:25:58-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A man who recently returned from Iran is under self-quarantine at his parents' home in Rancho Bernardo.

The traveler, who declined to give his name, lives in San Francisco. He said it would be easy to expose other family members at his home, but his parents have a detached unit where he can isolate himself.

He said he contacted his healthcare provider for guidance before returning to the United States, but was directed to the CDC website.

"The onus shouldn't be on me. There should be some kind of response, from the government or some kind of authority. I just feel they should be a lot more proactive. I feel it's going to hit us like a tsunami, " said the man.

He was in Iran, where at least 200 people have died from COVID19, for the last few months taking care of his family business. He's been out of the country for eight days.

He says he isn't showing any symptoms, but he still wants to be tested.

"Per CDC guidelines, they said if you're not showing symptoms, you don't need, and the word was "need," you don't need a test, you should just self-quarantine until the 14 day period has passed. Need is one thing, I said I want to test, I said wouldn't you want to test, if you're a carrier you want to know."

It's up to an individual's doctor or healthcare professional to recommend someone for testing, but the CDC has the final say. Current guidelines require a patient to have symptoms or to have been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus or traveled to a region with sustained community spread.