Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease caused by acute respiratory syndrome Corona virus 2(SARS-CoV-2). An effective way of preventing and halting the spread of this virus is an early and accurate screening of the population that is infected and isolating them from the public.
COVID-19 testing in Richmond, TX, is done to find out whether you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2. In addition, testing is done if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
Viral testing from the lower or upper respiratory tract is the reference standard recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for making a definitive COVID-19 diagnosis.
Some approved COVID-19 tests are:
A lab technique called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is used to detect genetic materials of the virus. A fluid sample may be collected from the back of the nose by inserting a long nasal swab (nasopharyngeal swab) or a short nasal swab(mid-turbinate swab) into the nostril.
The patient may also spit into a tube to produce a saliva sample or have a long swab (oropharyngeal swab) inserted into the back of the throat for fluid samples. If the sample is analyzed onsite, the results may be available in minutes. However, it may take a longer time if sent to a lab where test processing delays.
This is a COVID-19 test that detects protein fragments that are specific to the Corona virus. A long nasal swab is used to get the fluid sample for testing. The results are produced in minutes.
This is a blood test where antibodies in your blood indicate the virus’s previous infection. It is not a diagnostic test for COVID-19 since it can take 1-3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies.
This test tells you whether you have had a Corona virus infection before. It is a test used to help specialists learn more about those who have already had the virus.
Digital chest radiography is used as a discriminatory element in conjunction with viral testing and clinical examinations. Chest x-rays help diagnose patients with COVID-19 as some lung disease patterns on imaging studies are common with COVID-19. Digital x-rays in Richmond, TX, are used to supplement medical decision-making and subsequent management.
Advantages of chest x-ray imaging include the following:
Here are some of the signs to be on the lookout for:
Safety concerns of local clinics and hospitals may hinder you from going to urgent care for COVID-19 testing. At our clinic, we have the following safety strategies:
Rush to an urgent care near you if you notice symptoms of COVID-19 and you have some of the health conditions below.