Should I Still Get Tested for COVID-19?

The world is still in shock from the impact of the pandemic. The outbreak of the COVID virus has influenced every aspect of our lives. The pandemic has changed how we work, socialize and learn. Social distancing guidelines have led to a more virtual existence and have improved our virtual participation. More positively, the pandemic has brought the world together, united in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus SARS-COV-2. The virus is associated with fever, dry cough, tiredness, sore throat, diarrhea, headache, etc. While these symptoms are prevalent, developing these symptoms is not a death sentence and does not automatically mean you have contracted the virus. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit AFC Urgent Care Stoneham for COVID-19 testing – available on a walk-in basis.

What are the Symptoms of COVID?

Symptoms vary from mild symptoms to more severe. Experts, however, suggest that the mild symptoms are closely related to those of malaria and typhoid. The most common and mild symptoms of COVID-19 viruses include dry cough, fever, fatigue, and other mild respiratory illnesses.

The severe symptoms of COVID-19 are pressure in the chest, chest pain, and acute shortness of breath. Infrequent symptoms may include diarrhea, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, discoloration of fingers and toes, and severe ache.

Why getting tested is still important

Sometimes, we might experience one or more of these symptoms and fear for the worst, especially when we live with our loved ones. So, is testing still important? Yes! Because we do not want to risk putting our family and friends in danger!

How COVID testing works

One of the tests for COVID-19 viruses is called SEROLOGY. The test searches for antibodies that your body makes when you contract the virus. The test searches for Immunoglobulin M (IgM), an antibody usually produced about 14 days before the level drops. It may also search for the Immunoglobulin G (IgG), another antibody made more slowly, usually in about 28 days.

Another test recommended by the Centres for Disease Control is the nasal swab test. It involves the insertion of a cotton swab in the nostrils for some seconds to collect materials which are then sent to the lab for testing.

Other tests include the anterior nares test, which involves testing with materials from the front of the nostrils. The oropharyngeal test involves testing with materials from the mouth and throat.

Having developed any of the following symptoms, it is essential to go for testing. Refusing to get tested is a health risk to you, your loved ones, and others around you. Get tested today at AFC Stoneham to know your status and be better informed about your health!