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2020 Coronavirus Outbreak – COVID-19 Testing & COVID-19 Antibody Testing Is Available

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global health concern impacting the Lower Macungie area.

Can I get a COVID-19 Test?

Yes, we have COVID-19 Tests and Antibody tests available. Please start by making a Telemed Appointment.

Can I walk-in and get a COVID-19 Test?

No, all COVID-19 related tests must be by appointment only through our telemed service. A directly to make a telemed appointment is on our homepage or click here.

Do you offer Rapid COVID-19 testing?

Not at this time.

How long does it take for me to receive my test results?

During periods of high demand for COVID-19 testing, results may take upwards of 7-10 days. We use LabCorp to process our COVID-19 tests, and the time it takes to get results returned change daily. Our provider will do their best to give you an estimation when test results are expected, but a time for returned results can not be guaranteed. Antibody tests results generally take 2 to 3 days.

How much is a COVID-19 test?

Currently, most insurances are covering COVID-19 related testing. Please check with your insurance regarding your latest benefits.

Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor to get a COVID-19 test?

No referral is needed at this time. Just a telemed appointment with one of our providers.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are asymptomatic but have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please call the office at (610) 624-6302 before coming to our center!

Our neighbors in Lower Macungie may have some questions about the coronavirus. Below are some common questions and answers to them. This page will be kept up to date as best as possible but is not updated in real-time. For real-time information please visit

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Can I be tested for a COVID-19 infection at AFC Urgent Care Lower Macungie?

Yes, you can be tested for an active virus or for antibodies to the virus. Either test begins with a telemedicine visit from your home. During your visit, you and the provider will discuss the appropriate test for you. You will be asked to come to the center to be tested the day after your telemedicine visit at a time assigned to you by the provider. For the safety of our staff and all patients, no potential COVID patients are being seen inside our center at this time.

I heard Governor Wolf closed all businesses in Pennsylvania, is your urgent care center open? Are you accepting COVID-19 patients?

Yes, AFC Urgent Care Lower Macungie is open for business, and we are still accepting patients. We are an urgent care center and deemed to be essential and will remain open unless ordered to close. You are welcome to walk-in for care or to make an appointment online, except if you believe you may have a COVID-19 infection. If you think you have a COVID-19 infection, please call to arrange for a telemedicine appointment.

Are there any confirmed cases in Lower Macungie, PA?

There have been confirmed infections in Leigh County of COVID-19. In addition to Leigh County, other infections have been confirmed in neighbor counties as well as in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus? How long do they take to appear?

This coronavirus shares many symptoms of the flu, a common cold, or a regular upper respiratory infection. According to the CDC, current COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Seek immediate medical care the following symptoms develop:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

This coronavirus, however, can develop severe complications, including:

  • Fever of over 100.4F
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Death

While it isn’t known for sure how long symptoms take to appear, doctors agree they generally appear within two to fourteen days after exposure. Some information indicates that some who are infected might not even show any symptoms, but still may be contagious.

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

Although one is in the early stages of development, there is no vaccine for this virus currently. If you had a flu shot this year, it would not protect you from the COVID-19 virus. A vaccine likely will not be ready for months or even years.

How does someone become infected from COVID-19?

This virus originated from an animal that remains unidentified. However, one can become infected by a person to person transmission. This virus is quite contagious.

I don’t feel well, and I have some of these symptoms. Am I infected? What are the risk factors for the COVID-19 coronavirus?

While community infections are becoming more common, there are still quite a few other things out there that could be causing your symptoms. These illnesses include flu and upper respiratory infections. Your illness may not be related to COVID-19 at all. The main symptoms we see in many cases include:

  • A dry cough that produces no phlegm or mucus
  • A fever
  • Loss of taste and smell

If you display the symptoms above, do not visit AFC Urgent Care Lower Macungie without first calling. Speak with our staff about your symptoms, concerns, and if you are at risk for COVID-19. Please call so we can provide guidance.

How can I prevent an infection from COVID-19?

The guidelines for preventing the flu can be used to protect you from the COVID-19. These guidelines are:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching surfaces and then your face
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth if you feel sick
  • Where a surgical mask or a face mask while traveling in public.

For additional protection

  • Avoid live animal markets
  • Cook food thoroughly
  • Wear a surgical mask & eye protection at all times.

Can I receive an antibody test at AFC Urgent Care Lower Macungie?

Yes! An antibody test is available at our urgent care center.

Does an antibody test (also known as serology) tell me that I am currently suffering from COVID-19?

Serology testing is not intended as a diagnostic test for patients who are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Serology testing should be used only for patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 or had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and have been confirmed by a physician to have recovered. It may also be used in instances when an individual thinks they might have had COVID-19 in the past and needs confirmation. In either case, the serology test is only for people who are well and/or recovered.

If my serology test says I have COVID-19 antibodies, does that mean I am immune?

Serology testing should not be used as the sole basis for a diagnosis nor assurance of immunity. There have been cases where a person is known to have antibodies and becomes re-infected. Viruses can mutate, COVID virus is a common cold virus so it is possible to become sick again even if you are tested and have antibodies.

How long after I am infected with COVID-19 should I expect my body to produce antibodies?

Early published literature suggests that an antibody response may be detected in about 30% of patients 4 days after onset of symptoms, in 75% of patients by 8-10 days. The longer you wait after your illness, the more likely you will be to have the antibodies tested by the IgG test we are currently offering.

Why would I want to be tested for Antibodies?

The most likely use of this test is to investigate:

  • Whether the person has been exposed to the virus in the past and has developed antibodies.
  • Investigating who has been in contact with the virus,
  • Exposure studies for a population,
  • Helping assess if an individual with recent symptoms suggesting COVID-19, but who did not undergo diagnostic or who was tested but whose results were negative

If my serology test comes back positive for having antibodies, does that mean I am currently infected with COVID-19?

There are antibody tests that can identify an active virus. We are currently not testing for those antibodies. We are testing for long term antibodies, IgG, which is why you need to wait until after you are asymptomatic to get this test. Furthermore, results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude COVID-19 infection or to inform infection status.

What does a positive/negative result mean?

A positive serologic result indicates that an individual has likely produced an immune response to the COVID-19 virus. A negative serologic result suggests that an individual has not developed detectable antibodies at the time of testing.

While contingent on a variety of factors, a negative result could be due to testing too early in the course of infection, the absence of exposure to the virus, or the lack of an adequate immune response, which can be due to conditions or treatments that suppress immune function. Confirmation of infection with COVID-19 must be made through a combination of clinical evaluation and other applicable tests.

If I have COVID-19 antibodies, can I give plasma to help other COVID-19 patients?

Yes, plasma treatment from those with COVID-19 antibodies has proven to be effective in the fight against this pandemic. You can help by donating plasma to help treat those currently suffering from COVID-19.

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