COVID-19 and Antibody Testing Questions and Answers
Come to AFC Urgent Care for your COVID-19 Antibody Testing. Don’t wonder if you are sick, come to our clinic today to get the answers you’re looking for. Call today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Loxahatchee Groves, FL, Royal Palm Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Wellington FL, Century Village FL and Lake Park FL.
The novel coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, is a new strain of respiratory viruses first identified in humans in late 2019. It quickly spread from person to person and within a few months, borders were locked down, following school closures and business shutdowns. For most of us, it is the biggest pandemic in our life’s history. To find out if you’ve been infected by COVID-19, come to AFC Urgent Care today!
Do you test for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
At AFC Urgent Care, we do antibody testing. Come in today to get your COVID-19 antibody test! We have professional staff that are eager to help you and put your mind at ease! If you suspect that you have been exposed to COVID-19, the worst thing you can do is worry. Worrying increases the cortisol in your body and suppresses your immune system, making you more susceptible to viral attacks. Come to AFC Urgent Care today!
How Do I get Tested for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
An antibody is used to determine if you were previously exposed to or infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, and if your body has created antibodies in an attempt to defend itself. It takes at least 12 days after exposure for your body to make enough antibodies to show up on a test.
This test helps scientists gather data about how the immune system fights off COVID-19 in recovered patients. It is still uncertain if a person with a positive antibody test is protected from getting re-infected with the virus or how long that protection might last.
What is the 2019 novel coronavirus?
Typically associated with mild illnesses similar to the common cold, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that are fairly common.
A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain of the virus that has not been previously identified in humans.
In late 2019, a coronavirus was identified in these Chinese city of Wuhan City, and was initially known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Formally, the disease is now known as coronavirus disease or COVID-19. The virus causing the disease is known as “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2" (SARS-CoV-2).
How does the virus spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 — known as SARS-CoV-2 — infected many people around the world in just a few months. The virus being passed through droplets from coughing or sneezing is the best explanation for this rapid spread. They can transmit the disease when these virus-laden droplets reach the nose, eyes, or mouth of another from an infected person.
What are symptoms of COVID-19?
Most people with COVID-19 are experiencing these symptoms:
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath
Other symptoms those with COVID-19 have had are:
- Generally feeling unwell
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Loss of sense of smell/taste
- Loss of appetite
Individuals experiencing any of the symptoms that are listed above should call their local health center.
Severe cases may have:
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Anyone who is experiencing severe symptoms should call the emergency services right away.
Risk of severe disease is higher for:
- Older adults
- People with chronic disease (for example: diabetes, cancer, heart, renal, or chronic lung disease)
- Those with weakened immune systems
After exposure, symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear.
If you or someone you know suspects you have come into contact with COVID-19, don’t worry! To put your mind at ease, come to AFC Urgent Care for your antibody testing today! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!