Coronavirus testing in Japan: What happens, who’s eligible and how long do results take?

Students in central Tokyo wear face masks to guard against the coronavirus, Thursday, March 12, 2020. (AKIFUMI ISHIKAWA/STARS AND STRIPES)
Students in central Tokyo wear face masks to guard against the coronavirus, Thursday, March 12, 2020. (AKIFUMI ISHIKAWA/STARS AND STRIPES)

Coronavirus testing in Japan: What happens, who’s eligible and how long do results take?

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — With coronavirus on the minds of U.S. service members and their families in Japan, a sniffle or a cough may raise sudden concern.

Tests for the disease are available at military hospitals, but patients must show symptoms — fever, cough, shortness of breath — before they are given one, according to military doctors who posted informational videos online or spoke at base public meetings recently.

“We don’t test everybody — we don’t test you if you have no symptoms,” preventive medicine physician Maj. Andrew Fisher said during a U.S. Forces Japan virtual town hall on coronavirus concerns March 2.

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