COVID-19 viral tests and antibody tests are available.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): General information and preventive measures

The SARS-CoV-2 virus originated in China’s city of Wuhan. In 2020, it became the epicenter of an unprecedented virus outbreak. 

This virus is spread via an 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.

  • 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 doctor 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, think of people around you.

Can SARS-CoV-2 cause a common cold?

Technically, yes. In the face of a pandemic, just a cold may be related to coronavirus. Why? Let’s take a look at COVID-19 symptoms outlined by CDC.
• 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 disease course's first days.

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

This form of the disease usually causes mild fever. But if a thermometer says your temperature above, it means you have a more severe form of infection, which may lead to pneumonia.

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.

Elderly people and everyone having serious comorbidities, such as heart and lung diseases, or diabetes are at increased risk for more severe coronavirus complications. 

When to seek emergency medical care?

  • Body temperature above 102,2°F.
  • Shortness of breath (sensation of suffocation or the pulse oximeter reading is under 92%).
  • Impaired consciousness or fainting, inadequate behavior.
  • A combination of fatigue, fever, and diarrhea.

COVID-19 — duration of isolation for adults

CDC recommendations as of October 19, 2020.

  • For most people, self-isolation can be discontinued 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
  • For people with a grave course of the disease, the period of self-isolation may be extended for up to 20 days.
  • People without any symptoms are allowed to leave their home 10 days after their first positive SARS-CoV-2 test.

Not sure about your symptoms? Please call Lake Conway for medical advice 407 - 851 - 2790. We keep our staff up to date on coronavirus, and if you have suspected coronavirus disease, they can give you instructions on what should be done.

If you have developed cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, please notify us in advance of your visit to the clinic. We care about our patients’ safety and provide additional safety measures.

If you think you might have COVID-19 but haven’t developed any severe symptoms, follow these CDC recommendations.

  • Don’t go to work, shopping, or other public places. Avoid sharing a taxi with someone. It’s important to stay home for a while to not expose others to the risk of getting sick.
  • Rest more, use an air humidifier, drink more fluids.
  • Call your physician and arrange to get tested for coronavirus.
  • If you’re sharing a home with someone, use separate household items (dishes) and a bathroom (if possible). 
  • Wear a mask. Dispose of it right after use and wash hands with antibacterial soap.
  • Tell your close contacts that you might have COVID-19. They also need to get tested.
  • If you need to go out, try to stay at least 6 feet away from others. It will help to keep people around you safe.
  • Do wet cleaning at least once a day: it helps remove the virus particles that land on surfaces after coughing and sneezing. The majority of EPA-registered household disinfectants have been effective against coronavirus. Visit the EPA website for a full list of disinfecting products.

Also in the clinic you can be tested for COVID-19.

Why is it better to get a COVID-19 test at Lake Conway?

It’s safe here. The entire clinic staff received a safety precautions briefing. To prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, we.

  • Do wet cleaning and disinfecting of the rooms at least three times a day.
  • Disinfect all contact surfaces after each patient use.
  • Comply with face mask requirements: masks are changed every 3 hours.
  • Conduct daily health checks of employees for any signs of URI;
  • Triage our patients.

Types of COVID-19 testing available at Lake Conway

There are two types of nasal swab testing: traditional and rapid tests.

COVID-19 Antigen Test

  • Results available in 15 minutes.
  • A patient-friendly swab 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 coronavirus infection.
  • COVID-19 Traditional Nasal Swab Test.
  • Results available in 2-6 days.
  • Nasopharyngeal swabs go further back into the nasal cavity, causing slight discomfort.
  • The result is 99.8% accurate at identifying whether you are sick with COVID-19 or have an active coronavirus infection.

COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Detection Test

  • Results available in 15 minutes.
  • Forbidden for patients with a currently confirmed COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Traditional Antibody Test.
  • Results available in 1-5 minutes, depending on the lab’s workload.
  • 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.

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 doctor or state health department. 

Test results are essential for maintaining good health. If you test positive, a doctor 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. 

Call the Lake Conway to sign up for COVID-testing — 407-851-2790.

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