Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. For the safety of individuals, families, and communities, patients need to know their status. A+ Urgent Care in Clifton, New Jersey, offers rapid COVID-19 testing to patients who believe they have been exposed to the virus or to patients who may be showing symptoms. The results of a rapid test can help patients better protect themselves and those in close content with them. Learn more about our COVID-19 rapid testing services and when they're needed.
What Is a COVID Rapid Test?
COVID-19 rapid testing plays a major role in combating the virus by allowing it to be detected sooner. Quicker detection of the virus will help decrease spreading and allow public health officials more accurate tracing. A rapid test is conducted using a nasal swab to collect specimens. The swab is gently inserted approximately 1 in into each nostril and rotated a few times. Once the specimen is collected, samples will be tested to detect COVID-19 and patients will be notified of their results.
Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 and should do so if they believe the virus may be present in their body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone who shows signs of symptoms, regardless of vaccination status or history of infection, is advised to get tested. While some patients don't exhibit any symptoms at all, others may experience the following signs:
- Fever or chills
- Trouble breathing
- Muscle aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Other scenarios where patients are recommended to receive a COVID-19 test are as follows:
- Coming into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is suspected to have the virus
- Before and after traveling
- When advised to do so by a healthcare professional or a public health official
- For school, work, and other establishments that require a negative test for participation
- Before coming in contact with an at-risk individual
What Patients Should Do After a Rapid Test
While patients await the results of their COVID-19 test, they are asked to keep the safety of others in mind. Patients should take part in the following best practices:
Stay Isolated From Others
To protect family members, friends, coworkers, and other individuals, patients are asked to stay home and prevent contact. This help protects those closest to the patients and can help stop the spread of the virus throughout communities. During this time, patients should also monitor their health to ensure their symptoms aren't worsening.
Think About Who Else May Have Been Infected
If the results are positive, patients may receive a call from a public health worker looking to gather additional insights. The health official may want to discuss the following:
- Status of the patient’s condition
- Who else they’ve come into close contact with
- Which large gatherings they may have attended (if any)
- Other places they may have been while able to spread the disease
The purpose of these questions is to help trace the source of the virus and stop the spread. Patients should begin to think of the answers to these questions early so they can give detailed responses should they receive this call.
Patients who feel uneasy about discussing or sharing their personal and medical information with a medical staff member or the health department can rest assured knowing that all discussions are confidential. The patient’s information will be kept private and only shared with individuals who need to know. The patient’s name or information will not be exposed or shared in any way with the public.
Schedule Rapid COVID-19 Testing at A+ Urgent Care
Patients in need of a COVID-19 test can get fast and accurate results from A+ Urgent Care. Our accredited medical facility in Clifton, NJ, houses the necessary resources and qualified staff to offer professional COVID-19 tests. We also proudly accept a wide range of insurance providers. For more information about our rapid COVID-19 testing services or to schedule an appointment, contact us at A+ Urgent Care today.