COVID-19 Testing at iCare ER & Urgent Care
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the emergence of the new coronavirus, a family of viruses that can infect human and animal populations. This disease can cause mild to severe illness with individuals age 65 and older typically experiencing the deadliest symptoms and outcomes. As the CDC and the world at large continue to learn more about COVID-19, how it spreads, and its effect on people of all ages, our highly trained team continues to follow the most up-to-date safety protocols to ensure the continued health and wellness of our patients. We're also proud to perform diagnostic testing for anyone who may be exhibiting symptoms of the illness or those who noticed symptoms in the past but failed to receive testing sooner.
Individuals who contract COVID-19 may show a wide variety of different signs over a 2 – 14-day period; however, some people may not exhibit any symptoms at all. A list of the most frequently reported symptoms associated with the new coronavirus consists of:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Muscle pain
- Sudden loss of smell or taste
- Sore throat
What does testing entail?
There are two kinds of tests that can be done to identify the presence of COVID-19: a viral test and an antibody test. The viral test is effective for detecting a current illness or infection while an antibody test is performed to figure out if an individual had a previous condition based on the antibodies present in their blood. Viral testing for the new coronavirus varies, depending on your location.
At iCare ER & Urgent Care, we're proud to perform antibody tests for all patients, whether they are exhibiting symptoms, may have in the past, or have no symptoms whatsoever. To conduct antibody tests, one of our physicians will take a sample of your blood to look for igM (immunoglobulin M) and igG (immunoglobulin G) antibodies. The presence of these structures can tell us if the body recently fought off an infection and may help our team determine if you were a carrier of COVID-19.