Feeling Sick?

As cases of coronavirus continue to appear around Massachusetts, we want to be sure you have access to answers.


As announced by Governor Charlie Baker, effective immediately, all BMC HealthNet Plan members have access to Buoy, a free web-based tool you can use to check your symptoms, figure out if you should be tested for coronavirus, and learn about care options available to you.

To learn more about Buoy as a coronavirus resource, visit the FAQ document. Otherwise, feel free to try it yourself at buoy.com/mass or mass.gov/online-health-tool. Together, let’s help stop the spread.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms for COVID-19 are very similar to the flu and include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Check your symptoms using the Buoy tool or call your doctor for guidance. 

For our deaf and hard of hearing members:

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can use this resource guide to help you with quick communications should you need to visit the emergency room.

Staying Safe at Home with COVID-19

  • Wear a face mask and stay home when you feel symptomatic.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw it in the trash right away.
  • Wash your hands often, especially after you sneeze. Use soap and water, scrub for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t share personal household items, including bedding, towels, cups and glasses, and eating utensils.
  • Clean and disinfect your home every day. Use household cleaners or disinfectant wipes or sprays. Clean things that you grab with your hands, like doorknobs, remote controls, phones and handles on your refrigerator or microwave.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

  • Testing sites in Boston
    • Boston interactive list of testing sites
    • Testing is free regardless of insurance or immigration status.
    • All sites require that you CALL AHEAD for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment.
    • Hours vary from site to site, so you must CALL AHEAD before going.
    • Many sites have capacity for multiple languages
  • Testing sites in Massachusetts
    • List of testing sites throughout the state
    • If your health care provider thinks you should be tested, but they are unable to offer a test at their own health care facility, they will provide a referral and you can be tested at a site near you.

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