How to Know If You Should Be Tested for Coronavirus. As of March 12, the coronavirus has now infected over 130,000 people and killed 4,700 worldwide. The symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to those of the common cold or flu. Symptoms that warrant further testing include shortness of breath, a high persistent fever, and being unable to eat or drink. . Difficulty breathing may be an indication of the virus, but not if it's attributed to heavy smoking or anxiety attacks. Age is also an important factor,

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