It has been several months since COVID-19 has transformed the world we live in. Coronavirus can affect your health and symptoms can vary from mild to severe including fever, cough and headache. COVID-19 is spread from person to person which means avoiding contact is the best way to prevent infection.
In case you show symptoms for covid-19, Broward Medical Urgent Care can help out by offering effective testing options and guidance that can clear up your doubts. Testing options include PCR (molecular) testing and Antibody testing in a safe environment.
In addition to standard protocols, which include disinfecting and sanitizing rooms and equipment between consultations, Broward Medical Urgent Care has taken extra measures to protect patients and staff which include: Social Distancing and compulsory face masks.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 (SARS-Cov-2) is a novel (new) coronavirus that had not been previously identified. There are 7 types of Coronaviruses that can affect humans. Coronavirus spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets and can cause mild symptoms to severe Illness.
What are the most common symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 symptoms can vary from mild to severe including Dry Cough, Fever, Chills, Shortness of Breath, Muscle pain, Headache and Loss of smell and taste. Generally, Symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after exposure.
How can I prevent getting COVID-19?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. As COVID-19 spreads from person to person, it is recommended to avoid crowded areas, avoid close contact with others and wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Additionally, it is important to wear a facemask and follow social distancing guidelines.
What to do if I show symptoms?
Most people who get COVID-19 will be able to recover at home within 14 days. Caring for someone can be done by providing basic needs such as making sure they take sufficient fluids and rest, limiting contact with others and over the counter medicine to combat fever and symptoms. If symptoms are severe however, contact your medical center or 911 for emergencies.
Currently all of our patients can get tested without any appointment or referral. Broward Medical Urgent Care is now offering effective COVID-19 testing for all visitors. Testing options include PCR (molecular) testing and Antibody testing at affordable rates. Our experts will guide you and inform on the best available test for you.
Molecular test or PCR-Test
AAlso known as the diagnostic test is a highly accurate test which diagnoses active coronavirus infection. A sample is taken through a Nasal or throat swab or by a saliva test. Results are usually available 2 days after the test has been taken. Molecular tests are generally more accurate than Antigen tests (rapid test).
The antibody test is a serological (blood) test that shows if you have been infected by coronavirus in the past or if you have an active infection at the time of testing. In some cases, a second test is needed for a more accurate result. Results itself take only 10 minutes to be available.
If you are currently showing COVID-19 symptoms or if you suspect, you may have been in contact with COVID-19. Visit our Clinic today to get tested!