Covid-19 Testing Q & A
Come to PrimeCare Urgent Care to receive your rapid COVID-19 test and get your results in just 15 minutes. Our professional and courteous staff also provide antibody testing and are here to help you get the answers you need. For more information please call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Cumming GA, Sugar Hill GA, Buford GA, Suwanee GA, Alpharetta GA, Duluth, GA, Dahlonega GA and Dawsonville, GA.
We have upgraded Molecular (PCR) options for our patients:
- Saliva or Nasal PCR lab testing for Covid-19
- PCR lab results emailed to the patient within 24 hours
Amidst a world-wide pandemic, the lives of everyone have changed. A recent introduction into the healthcare needs of denizens are viral testing, which come in many forms. From the quick rapid testing to the slow and steady laboratory tests, people are required to perform these tests in order to return to work and ensure their families are safe.
What kind of COVID-19 testing do you offer?
Rapid Test — The quickest of the COVID-19 tests, a rapid test uses a technique called isothermal nucleic acid amplification. Test results come back in 15 minutes or less, as the throat swab can be directly tested, it does its enzyme reaction at a single temperature, and there is no extensive training required to perform the test.
PCR — Also known as a polymerase chain reaction test, PCR tests detect the genetic material of the virus and are highly accurate. The downside to these tests is the duration of the examination, which could take several days. The test results need to be sent off to a laboratory, which are then analyzed and sent back to the testing facility.
Antibody Test — Also called serology tests, an antibody test differs from both rapid tests and PCR tests as it does not test for an active infection of COVID-19, but for previous exposure to the virus. It does this by a simple blood test — typically gathered by a finger prick test — and looks for antibodies of the virus in a patient’s blood.
Who needs to be tested for COVID-19?
Anyone possibly exposed to the virus or who are exhibiting symptoms need to be tested for COVID-19. Also, those who work in high-sensitive positions — such as those who work with the elderly or in a hospital — need to be tested regularly for COVID-19. With test times as quick as 15 minutes, it is easier and more convenient to acquire results, especially when required on a regular basis.
What are the symptoms for COVID-19?
Symptoms can appear as early as two days and as late as 14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe. The expanded list of symptoms now includes:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain
It is important to take into account that this is not a complete list, but rather the most common symptoms associated with the illness. As these symptoms are also common for other illnesses, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have COVID-19 if you’re experiencing them.
However, if you have any symptoms that are concerning to you, calling your primary care provider for medical advice is the best thing to do.
If you’re sick, self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms at home for 14 days. Focus on drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, and practicing good hygiene to keep yourself and others safe. Most people who have COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms, which can easily be managed at home.
If you or someone you know believes they have been exposed to the virus, is exhibiting symptoms, or requires regular testing, come to PrimeCare today! Our team of professional and caring staff offer quick, discreet results for COVID-19 testing. To talk with an expert, contact our office today. Visit us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment at our clinic.
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