If you suspect you have COVID-19 because of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus or symptoms of the illness, COVID-19 testing is a painless, safe, effective way to know for sure. InFocus Urgent Care in Ewing Township, West Windsor, New Brunswick, and Edison, New Jersey, offers various COVID-19 testing services with no appointment needed. Call the nearest office, book an appointment online, or walk in today.
COVID-19 testing is a painless diagnostic test that detects the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This type of testing is the simplest way to know if you’re infected with COVID-19, so you can get treated if needed and take precautions to avoid spreading the illnesses to other people.
There are several types of COVID-19 testing available, including:
Antigen tests, or rapid tests, detect COVID proteins after just 15 minutes. While rapid tests are highly accurate, they’re more likely to pinpoint a positive case if you currently exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past and recovered from the illness, your immune system makes antibodies that protect you against contracting the virus again. Antibody testing allows your provider to determine if you’ve had COVID-19 and have protection against developing severe symptoms in the future.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is a gold standard COVID-19 test. Unlike rapid COVID-19 testing, a PCR test detects the virus’ specific genetic material. It offers the most accurate results. Because of this, most airlines require a negative PCR test before traveling internationally.
COVID-19 testing involves a nasal or throat swab using a long Q-tip. To collect the sample, your InFocus Urgent Care specialist often places the swab inside of your nostrils. The entire COVID-19-testing process often lasts just a few minutes.
Rapid antigen tests usually produce results after 10-15 minutes, but PCR results may take a few days. Many people receive PCR-test results within 24-72 hours. If the results are positive, get plenty of rest, drink a lot of fluids, and limit or avoid exposure to other people.
Most people recover from COVID-19 after resting at home, drinking more fluids, and taking over-the-counter (OTC) medications to reduce symptoms. Sometimes COVID-19 can cause severe or ongoing symptoms, such as:
If your symptoms begin to worsen, contact InFocus Urgent Care right away to receive medical treatment. You might need IV treatments, prescription medications, an inhaler, oxygen therapy, or other breathing treatments. Severe COVID-19 cases may require hospitalization.
To schedule COVID-19 testing at InFocus Urgent Care, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today. You can also walk in for testing services.