COVID-19 is a new virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. It belongs to the same family of virus as the common cold, SARS and MERS. However, it seems to be more contagious than these related coronaviruses. According to current evidence, COVID-19 virus primarily spreads through airborne respiratory droplets, close contact, and contaminated surfaces.
Reported cases of COVID-19 range from mild illness to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. Older adults and immunosuppressed persons are at higher risk of complications. Some carriers experience no symptoms at all.
There is not a treatment for COVID-19, other than supportive care. Medical teams and researchers around the globe are working tirelessly to develop a vaccine and treatments. However, a vaccine likely won’t be available until December, 2020. Until then, we will need to utilize wide-spread testing, quarantines, and social distancing to minimize the number of people who contract the disease.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
COVID-19 Testing at CareCentral Urgent Care
We offer viral tests for the presence of COVID-19 infection, as well as serological tests for antibodies and potential immunity. Anyone can get tested.
Viral COVID-19 Test
A viral test is an oral or nasal swab or saliva test that looks for evidence of an active viral infection. There are two major types: a PCR test and an antigen test. PCR tests checks for a virus’s genetic material, while antigen tests look for specific proteins on a virus’s surface. The viral test does not indicate if you were infected in the past.
COVID-19 Antibody Test
Antibody blood tests, also called serologic tests, check for the presence of antibodies to coronavirus in the blood. It can be used to detect a past infection. IgM and IgG are immunoglobulins produced by the immune system to protect against COVID-19. The level of IgM antibody begins to rise 1 week after the initial infection, while the rise in IgG usually appears after 14 days. Elevated IgG levels can last for 6 months or even several years. By testing for the presence of these antibodies, we are able to determine if a patient was previously infected by the coronavirus. The test does not diagnose an active infection or identify who is protected from reinfection.
How to get care
We are offering outdoor COVID-19 testing (weather permitting), antibody testing, and non-COVID-19 related medical visits at all locations.
Please call your nearest CareCentral clinic ahead of your visit. We are triaging all patients over the phone. If you, or a family member meet any of the coronavirus criteria, please notify our staff during your triage call. We will ask you a series of screening questions, and provide you with the next steps according to answers. This screening will assist us in determining the best course of action for you.
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