25 Nov Can You Get Covid Tests At Urgent Care?
If you thought that you had Covid-19, would a doctor be able to confirm your suspicion with Covid tests at urgent care? The short answer is yes, but the speed of your test will depend on what’s available. For example, in some areas, you can get tested at an urgent care facility with same day results. Others will send your test off to a lab. Here’s what you need to know about getting tested for Covid-19 by an urgent care provider.
How is Covid testing done?
If a doctor suspects that you may have been exposed to SARS or some other illness caused by a coronavirus, they can administer a standard PCR test to determine the exact cause of your illness.
You can expect to be asked questions, such as whether you’ve been in contact with anyone who has been sick, as well as when symptoms began. After answering these questions, your nurse will then collect a sample for testing. These tests are typically administered via a nasal swab. Standard PCR tests return results in 1 – 3 business days, during which time it’s important that you remain quarantined to protect others. Rapid antigen tests return results in as little as 15 minutes.
After the sample has been processed, your doctor will determine whether you have Covid-19 or another illness caused by a coronavirus. If it turns out that you do have either virus, there are precautions that doctors will likely require to help ease symptoms and speed up recovery time.
When should I seek urgent care for Covid testing?
If you’re in urgent need of testing – for example, if you need to protect someone in a vulnerable group – an urgent care clinic is your best bet. If you show symptoms of Covid-19 (coughing, fever, difficulty breathing), it’s important to seek testing at urgent care for same-day answers.
However, it’s important to remember that urgent care facilities require you to wait in a busy lobby surrounded by sick people. You could also expose others to the virus if you are ill. If you want to get same-day testing but skip the clinic, in-home tests may be right for you.
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In-Home Covid-19 Tests With Concierge MD
Concierge MD offers in-home Covid testing in select cities throughout the US. This means that you’ll be able to avoid sick people at urgent care facilities and get same-day answers. If you have any questions regarding Covid testing or in-home urgent care, please feel free to call us to make sure you get taken care of today!