Rapid Covid-19 Testing Questions and Answers
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, book your rapid COVID-19 test with us now! We have convenient locations to serve you in Oklahoma City, OK.
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What is a rapid COVID-19 test?
How long will it take to get the results of a rapid COVID-19 test?
What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?
Rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests detect the antigens which are expressed by the COVID-19 virus from a sample of the respiratory tract from the suspected contagious individual.
If the antigen is present in sufficient amounts from the sample, it will then bind to the specific antibodies that are attached to the paper strip that is enclosed in the plastic casing and will generate detectable signals, typically within 15-30 minutes.
Rapid COVID-19 diagnostic testing detects the presence of the viral protein which is expressed by the virus COVID-10 through a sample from the respiratory tract of the infected individual.
Our rapid COVID-19 test can take anywhere from 5 up to 10 minutes to complete, this all depends on the individual being tested. We make sure to keep the utmost care of the tests during these appointments, so we may have our healthcare professionals double-check you are the correct individual who has completed the test before revealing the results. This is to make sure the patient and medical providers have confidentiality during each appointment.
The rapid COVID-19 test results are offered on the same day you test, and usually in as little as 20 minutes after you have been tested. In the end, it will also depend on how busy our lab is at that time, and how many lab tests are being completed before yours. However, on average we are able to get our rapid COVID-19 results in under 20 minutes.
Each individual that contracts COVID-19 may notice different signs that are associated with COVID-19. Some individuals may develop mild symptoms while others can develop moderate to severe symptoms which can require hospitalization.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
• Loss of taste
• Loss of smell
Serious symptoms that may require hospitalization include:
• Having a hard time breathing or shortness of breath
• Loss of speech, mobility or confusion
• Chest pain
Some of the symptoms that are not as common, but still symptoms to watch for with COVID-19 include:
• Sore throat
• Aches and pains
• Rash on the skin
• Discoloration of fingers and toes
• Red or irritated eyes
Seek immediate medical attention if you are showing signs of serious symptoms. On average, it has been reported that symptoms from COVID-19 can take around 5 to 6 days from when someone becomes infected with the virus for symptoms to finally show, for some it can take up to a total of 14 days.
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, contact us today by phone or booking online for a rapid COVID-19 test. You should get tested as well if:
• You have come into contact (or close contact) with an individual who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
• Unvaccinated, and you have taken part in activities that can put you at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 due to no physical distancing that is needed to avoid exposure to the virus.
• If you have been asked or referred to get tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare provider, state, or local health department.
If you are starting to show symptoms of COVID-19, isolate immediately and book an appointment to get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. You may have been exposed to one of the variants of COVID-19. During this time, it is highly recommended you stay away from others pending the results of your COVID-19 rapid test, and follow the advice of the healthcare providers or public health professionals.
Keep yourself and others safe by wearing a mask properly, wash your hands regularly after going to the bathroom, before preparing food, before and after eating etc., if you feel sick, stay home, and get vaccinated if you can. We serve patients from West Moore OK, Tecumseh OK, Norman (HealthPlex) OK, Norman (24th) OK, Edmond OK, I-240 & Sooner RD OK, Yukon OK, and Bethany OK.
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