COVID-19 testing is the first step toward finding out if you have a current infection and if so, taking the necessary steps to stop its spread. At MedPlus Urgent Care in Fallbrook, California, Graydon W. Skeoch, MD, MBA, and the team provide COVID-19 diagnostic testing and can help you manage your symptoms. Call MedPlus Urgent Care for same day Telemedicine appointment, or walk in for a visit today.
COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. For the past couple of years, it’s been spreading throughout the world and affecting travel, certain lines of work, and everyday life in general.
While not everyone with the infection gets symptoms, they can include:
The disease is highly contagious, mostly spreading through water droplets, usually from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing. It’s important to self-isolate and stay away from others if you get a diagnosis or if you’re in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
COVID-19 testing is a way of detecting a current or past COVID-19 infection, depending on the type of test you get. The tests fit into two categories:
Diagnostic COVID-19 tests such as rapid tests and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests show an active infection.
You should get one of these at MedPlus Urgent Care if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who may have the disease. This is the type of COVID-19 test you’re more likely to need.
Antibody tests indicate whether you’ve had COVID-19 in the past by detecting antibodies made by your immune system.
As soon as your results from any COVID-19 test become available, the team at MedPlus Urgent Care goes over them with you and can tell you what comes next. For a positive result with mild symptoms, you should self-isolate for at least five days.
If you have a fever that persists beyond your initial five days of isolation, you should wait until 24 hours after the fever has subsided. You should also continue masking up to go in public.
You may or may not need treatment for an initial COVID-19 infection as well as any long COVID symptoms or complications. The team at MedPlus Urgent Care ensures you get the care you need according to the severity of your case.
For more information on COVID-19 testing and when it’s necessary, call MedPlus Urgent Care for same day Telemedicine appointment, or walk in for a visit today.