AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham is now able to offer the Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 rapid diagnostic test for patients who may have been exposed to the virus. The Abbott ID NOW rapid test is classified as an Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) test, but may also be listed as an LAMP or NEAR test. The rapid test is considered a NAA molecular test, providing more accurate results than the antigen test that many of our local competitors offer. The rapid test allows our staff to provide patients with results the same day as they are tested, rather than waiting 2-4 days for standard NAA testing results. Results will be provided via email. The ID NOW test is awaiting FDA approval but is available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Rapid testing is available by appointment only. Based on advice from most authorities, patients who have been exposed to the virus should wait between 3-7 days after initial exposure to get tested in order to avoid a false negative and receive a more accurate result.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, you should schedule an appointment for the rapid test. Symptoms may include:
- Fever of over 102 F
- Dry cough
- Loss of smell or taste
- Head, muscle and body soreness and aches
What to bring for the COVID-19 rapid test
Masks or face coverings worn over the nose and mouth are required for patients visits at AFC Urgent Care Chelthenham. Your mask should only be lowered when asked by a medical provider in order to collect the swab sample. The process only takes a few short moments and is painless, though the patient may exhibit mild discomfort. After the swab is collected, the sample is brought to our on-site laboratory where it is processed and analyzed.
How the rapid test can detect COVID-19
The test itself is performed in our on-site laboratory by combining the sample and a specific mix of chemicals in a machine designed to only detect the active COVID-19 virus. The chemicals break down the sample and expose the genetic material of the virus if present, detecting it in the sample. The results are displayed on the device’s screen, printed and brought to our front desk, where someone will email you that day,
What should I do when I get my test results?
By getting the rapid test, you will be able to receive your results the same day as you visit our center. Getting your results as quickly as possible allows you to adjust your behavior accordingly based on what the test says. If your test comes back positive, you will need to begin self-isolating immediately and should prepare to be in quarantine for at least 10 days, until you are no longer contagious. If you have a negative test result, you should continue to follow local and CDC healthcare guidelines including washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask in public and practicing social distancing.
Rapid COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing in Cheltenham, West Oak Lane, Mount Airy, & all of Northwest Philadelphia, PA
Schedule an appointment with AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham for rapid COVID-19 diagnostic testing today. Our center accepts appointments seven days a week and offers standard NAA testing. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Patients interested in getting the rapid test for COVID-19 should click here to schedule an appointment.