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Rapid COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Testing in Thornton, CO
AFC Urgent Care Thornton performs both Rapid and PCR COVID-19 diagnostic testing using a swab of the lower nasal cavity. The swab is inserted for a few moments to get the necessary sample.
Rapid COVID testing is ideal for patients who need or require immediate confirmation that they currently do or do not have the virus. The test takes less approximately 15-20 minutes. Rapid tests have high accuracy rates when performed within manufacturers’ specifications.
PCR COVID testing is ideal for patients who will need a complex lab-based confirmation that they currently do or do not have the virus and do not need the results immediately. A gentle swab is taken of the lower nasal cavity and then brought to our partner lab for processing. Results are typically available within a few days.
If you need testing right away, then please use our online portal to get started.
FAQs about Rapid COVID-19 Testing in Thornton, CO
Q. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A. The symptoms of COVID-19 vary on a case-by-case basis. Many positive cases have been diagnosed in patients who have been asymptomatic or have only exhibited mild symptoms. Other cases have been diagnosed in patients who have exhibited severe symptoms and required hospitalization. Symptoms develop between two and fourteen days after exposure to the virus, and patients should be tested between five to seven days after exposure. The virus is highly contagious, symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Chest and nasal congestion
Loss of smell and/or taste
Shortness of breath
Head, muscle, and body aches
Q. What is a Rapid COVID-19 Test?
A. A Rapid COVID-19 test is a nasal swab used to detect an active strain of the COVID-19 virus and associated variants. Patients that are experiencing or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive should receive a rapid COVID test.
Q. How does Rapid COVID Testing work?
A. A test works by swabbing the inside of a patient’s nose. The sample is then analyzed to determine if an active virus is present. Rapid test results are typically found within fifteen minutes of the test.
Q. What should I do if I have a positive result?
A. You should stay home and avoid contact with others. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the quarantine process and get enough rest. Monitor your symptoms to make sure you are getting better and stay in touch with your doctor. It is recommended to quarantine for at least 10 days after symptoms start.
Q. What should I do if I have a negative test?
A. Receiving a negative tests means your body did not show active signs of the virus at the time. If you start experiencing symptoms, get tested again. If not, maintain a healthy lifestyle and continue normal activities.
Q. Is COVID-19 testing covered by insurance?
A. Whether or not you are covered for rapid tests, standard tests, or antibody tests will depend on your current insurance plan. Some insurance plans may not cover rapid testing. We encourage you to check with your insurance provider to determine if your specific test is covered.
Q. Where can I get either a rapid COVID test or antibody test near Thornton?
A. AFC Urgent Care Thornton offers rapid COVID-19 testing and antibody testing for all patients near Thornton, Northglenn, Welby, Broomfield, and Westminster, CO. Please call AFC Urgent Care Thornton for more information.
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.