COVID Testing in Laurel, MD
If you have noticed symptoms similar to that of the COVID-19 virus, or if you were in contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, contact our clinic or schedule a COVID-19 test directly. Ensure you stay safe and healthy, while keeping others around you safe and healthy as well.
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While everyone may notice different symptoms, even within the same household, often many who are infected with the COVID-19 virus are noticing mild to moderate symptoms, and often recover without the need for hospitalization.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
– Loss of taste
– Loss of smell
There are other symptoms that are associated with the COVID-19 virus; however, they are less common than what is previously mentioned, they are:
– Sore throat
– Discoloration occurring on the fingers and toes
– Rash forming on the skin
– Irritated eyes or red eyes
The most serious symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus that often will have individuals visit the emergency room include:
– Chest pain
– Issues breathing
– Shortness of breath
– Loss of mobility
– Loss of speech
On average, if you are dealing with mild to moderate symptoms, it can take up to 14 days to fully recover from COVID-19, and usually, it takes between 5 to 6 days from when you have been infected, until the symptoms begin to show from the COVID-19 virus.
It is recommended you receive a COVID-19 test if you are an individual that is noticing mild symptoms or severe symptoms, or if you have been around others who have tested positive recently, and you are not showing signs meaning you may be asymptomatic.
Depending on the test that is available at the time of your appointment, at The Wellness NPs, we offer three different types of COVID-19 testing including:
Rapid COVID-19 Testing
A rapid antigen test for COVID-19 looks for proteins that are caused by the COVID-19 virus. This easy and simple test is completed within minutes and produces results quite fast depending on the number of patients ahead of you.
PCR stands for a polymerase chain reaction. This specific test detects genetic matter from the specific organisms that are within the body, including the virus.
Antibody tests detect the antibodies that are found within the blood that is found to cause COVID-19 infection.
Each test will take a different amount of time to provide results; however, the PCR test is usually showing turnaround results from the lab within 2 to 4 business days; and the Rapid COVID-19 test turnaround period could be anywhere from 4 hours to 24 hours after.
COVID-19 symptoms can take on average between 4 to 5 days before finally showing. If your symptoms do not show, but you have been around individuals that have recently tested positive for COVID-19, it is suspected that you are asymptomatic.
COVID-19 can have long-term health effects and complications which can damage many things including the brain, heart, and lungs. Most of the world has been infected with COVID-19, and often recover completely within a few weeks after. However, there are a few who even with the mild version of the symptoms, continue to experience symptoms even after they have recovered.
It’s often seen that older individuals and individuals with serious medical conditions are most likely to experience lasting COVID-19 symptoms, even younger individuals may experience these lasting effects from the initial infection.
The common signs and symptoms that can continue to linger over time may include:
– Difficulty breathing
– Shortness of breath
– Joint pain
– Chest pain
– Concentration, memory, or sleep issues
– Muscle pain
– Fast heartbeats
– Pounding heartbeat
– Loss of taste or smell
– Become dizzy when you stand
– Symptoms begin to worsen after physical or mental activities
We serve patients from Laurel MD, College Park MD, Savage MD, Columbia MD, Odenton MD, Bowie MD, Ammendale MD and Silver Spring MD.
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