In an effort to keep our communities educated on COVID-19 and the services Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine is offering during this time, we sat down with one of our providers and one of our patient care technicians to go over some COVID-19 related information and answer some of the most common questions we’ve been getting recently!
How Do I Know If I Have Coronavirus?
Right now, especially with things like the common cold, seasonal allergies and even the flu still circulating, it might be difficult for you to determine if you have COVID-19 or something else. The best way to determine if you have been infected with COVID-19 is, if you are experiencing some of they symptoms listed below, schedule an online visit with one of our providers. During your online visit, you can have your symptoms assessed virtually, be referred for a COVID-19 nasal swab test and/or an IgG antibody test, and if we don’t suspect a possible case of Coronavirus, you can start receiving treatment for your symptoms. Click HERE to schedule your online visit!
What Are Some Symptoms of Coronavirus?
Some of the more common COVID-19 symptoms include:
- vomiting and diarrhea
- loss of taste and/or smell
- shortness of breath
If you experience any of these symptoms, quarantine yourself and schedule a virtual visit with one of our providers online by clicking HERE, or by calling 303-558-0509, we can assess your symptoms and have you referred for testing.
What Types of Testing Are Available?
Currently Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine is offering two types of tests to help determine if you have, or have had COVID-19. The first test we offer is a nasopharyngeal swab. This is a nasal swab, and it is the most common way to determine if you have COVID-19. The second test we offer, is an IgG antibody test. This is a blood draw. The IgG Antibody test checks your blood by looking for antibodies, antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections. The antibodies, help show if you’ve had a previous infection with the virus. Co-testing, or receiving both tests, is the most accurate way to determine if you are currently infected, or if you were previously infected.
Please Note: These test results alone DO NOT confirm if you are able to spread the virus that causes COVID-19, or if you have immunity. Additionally, as always it is important to remember with any testing there is a chance of false negative or false positive result. If you test negative for COVID-19, but are still experiencing symptoms or your symptoms worsen, we recommend getting retested.
If I Am Not a Front Line Worker, Can I Get Tested?
We have gotten this question, a lot and the answer is absolutely, anyone can be tested! Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine is committed to providing quality health care for everyone. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or even if you simply aren’t feeling well, you can schedule an online visit with one of our providers to have your symptoms assessed, to start receiving treatment fast!
If I Think I Had COVID-19 Previously But I’m Feeling Better, Can I Get Tested?
Sure! This is the type of case in which we’d recommend the IgG Antibody test. The IgG Antibody test checks your blood by looking for antibodies, antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections. The antibodies, help show if you’ve had a previous infection with the virus. We recommend co-testing, or receiving both the IgG Antibody Test and the COVID-19 Nasal Swab Test. Co-testing is the best way to receive the most accurate results, and help ensure you do not have an active infection.
I Am An Employer, And One Or A Few Of My Employees May Have Been Exposed, Can I Have Them Tested?
Yes! In addition to urgent care services, we also provide occupational medicine services. If you think you or your employees may have been exposed, give us a call or have your employees schedule an online visit. We are currently accepting worker’s compensation insurance for online visits, testing and even follow up care!