COVID-19 Testing Questions and Answers
If you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus come to Primary Care 360 as we are now offering COVID-19 testing. Call us or walk-in today to one of our location near you in Sherwood AR, Hensley AR, and White Hall AR.
There was once a time when experiencing a cough, or a mild fever, was a mild inconvenience, but nothing to fret about. Nowadays, any time you feel even mildly sick, it is not abnormal to start panicking or assuming the worst. While anxiety over COVID-like symptoms is understandable, it is better to make an appointment to get tested to see whether the symptoms are related to COVID-19 or are from the common cold. Here at Primary Care 360, we would be happy to provide COVID-19 testing to you!
Are all COVID-19 detection kits the same?
Not all detection kits for COVID-19 are the same, as there are many different brands and types of testing kits available on the market today. However, not all such tests are officially recognized or approved by the FDA! As such, it is important to make sure that the detection kit being used to test for COVID-19 is FDA-approved. The type of detection kit being used is also helpful to pay attention to, whether it is a rapid diagnostic test, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, or a serology test, as each of these tests has different methods and benefits. For example, while PCR tests are generally more accurate than rapid diagnostic tests, they cannot generate results nearly as fast. PCR tests usually get results back within 24 to 48 hours, while rapid diagnostic tests take about 30 minutes. In contrast, serology tests are much better suited to check if you have had COVID-19 in the past but have since recovered.
What should you do if you think you have coronavirus disease?
If you think you might have contracted the novel coronavirus disease, it is crucial that you self-isolate and make an appointment to get tested for COVID-19 at an official testing facility as soon as possible. In the meantime, while you are waiting for the appointment, self-monitor for any more COVID-19 symptoms and continue to distance yourself from other people. If you need groceries or supplies before you are tested or receive the test results back, it might be a good idea to see if a family member or friend can pick up what you need, if that is a possibility for you. If you need to go out, wear a mask, sanitize, and practice social distancing while you are out.
Which are the first symptoms of coronavirus disease?
The first signs or symptoms to pay attention to when it comes to COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath. However, you may also notice such symptoms as a sudden loss of taste or smell, headache, sore throat, or muscle pain. If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to make an appointment to get tested! As you have probably heard thousands of times, it is better to be safe than sorry, and that is especially so with regard to COVID-19!
How is the presence of COVID-19 detected in testing?
The way that COVID-19 is detected varies according to each type of test. For instance, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to detect the virus’s genetic material by taking swabs from the back of your nose and throat for mucus secretions and examining the DNA samples. With rapid antigen tests, a swab is taken from the nose or throat for mucus secretions, then placed onto a paper strip fixed with specific antibodies. If the sample contains the COVID-19 antigen, it will bind to the antibodies and create a visible reaction on the strip. In contrast, antibody or serology tests look for the presence of particular antibodies in your blood that develops as an immuno-response to the virus. As such, the test consists of a medical professional drawing a small vial of blood from your arm, which is then analyzed for COVID-19 antibodies. Since antibody tests rely on an immune-response to COVID-19, it is not used as an early diagnostic test but is instead used to test the relative immunity of a person or given population.
If you are looking for a safe and effective COVID-19 testing clinic in Whitehall, Sherwood, or Hensley, Arizona, we are here for you at Primary Care 360! You can schedule an appointment through our website, by giving us a call, or simply walk into one of our clinics, and we will see you promptly. We serve patients from Sherwood AR, Hensley AR, White Hall AR, Little Rock AR, Jacksonville AR, Maumelle AR, Cabot AR, Bryant AR, and Conway AR.