COVID-19 testing available at Lake Conway

Rapid COVID-19 testing in Lake Conway

COVID-19 RAPID Antigen Test

  • Results are available in 15 minutes.
  • A patient-friendly swab of your nose (it doesn’t injure the mucous membrane), so you don’t feel uncomfortable.
  • The result is 99.8% accurate at identifying whether you are sick with COVID-19 or have an active COVID-19 infection.

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Who Needs to Get a COVID-19 Test?

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  • People who have been referred to get a test by their physician or state health department. 

Test results are essential for maintaining good health. If you test positive, a physician will immediately prescribe the necessary treatment, and you will be able to self-isolate to avoid serious complications. A negative test indicates that you have observed all safety measures and can keep working without risking your health and the health of others. 

COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Detection Test

  • Results are available in 15 minutes.
  • Forbidden for patients with a currently confirmed COVID-19.

You can also get your blood tested for the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. This analysis indicates how effective your immunity response is in case of repeat infection.

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The SARS-CoV-2 virus originated in China’s city of Wuhan. In 2020, it became the epicenter of an unprecedented virus outbreak. The virus spreads through airborne transmission (coughing and sneezing) and close contact (touching). You may also catch it indirectly through contact with contaminated handrails, door handles, and other surfaces.

No effective specific drug therapy for COVID-19 has been found so far. However, everyone can take a few simple precautions to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Protect Yourself and Others

  • Wash hands often.
    It’s recommended to wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer. 
  • Keep distance.
    A simple sneeze or cough releases tiny droplets of saliva and mucus from the mouth or nose that may contain virus particles. If you’re close enough, you may exhale them and get sick.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    Our hands touch multiple surfaces that may have virus germs on them. Then, touching our eyes, nose, or mouth can transfer those germs to mucous membranes allowing the virus to enter the body. Not touching your face can help you avoid getting sick.
  • Maintain respiratory hygiene and ask others to do the same.
    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or flexed elbow if you don’t have one.
  • If you feel unwell, stay home and seek medical attention.
    If you have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, consult a physician and follow their instructions.

By following these rules, not only do you care about your health, but you also reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Be responsible and think about the people around you.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath (not experienced before) 
  • Loss of taste and smell (according to patients, everything tastes like cardboard) 
  • Itchy or sore throat 
  • Muscle and body aches 
  • Chills 
  • Headache 
  • Runny nose and/or congestion 
  • Fatigue and weakness (lasting longer than with common URI) 
  • Pain or pressure in the chest (not experienced before) 
  • Rarely – nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 

Most COVID-19 cases have cold-like symptoms, but it takes much longer to recover. It’s important to remember that not all the mentioned symptoms will show up in all the patients. Some of the most common complaints include body temperature rise and dry cough. However, the majority also reports an almost total loss of smell within the first days of the disease course. 

It’s worth noting that having a dry cough without a runny nose is what distinguishes COVID-19 infection from other respiratory diseases. 

On average, a mild COVID-19 case will run its course in about 10 days. If no complications arise, the progress of the disease will be as follows.

  • Day 1-3 — a patient may experience dry cough and sore throat, feel a little unwell, and have muscle aches.
  • Day 4-5 — cough worsens, it may become difficult to breathe.
  • Day 6-8 — the resolution of symptoms.
  • Day 8 and on — recovery.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Care?

  • Fever.
  • Shortness of breath (sensation of suffocation or the pulse oximeter reading is under 94%).
  • Impaired consciousness or fainting, inadequate behavior.
  • A combination of fatigue, fever, and diarrhea.

Not sure about your symptoms? Please make an appointment at Lake Conway for medical advice.

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