Whether you believe you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, or you are experiencing some of the common symptoms of COVID-19, it is in the best interest of yourself and everyone around you to seek out a COVID-19 test. However, there are a few important things to be aware of before taking a test at your local clinic.
At Advanced Urgent Care of Pasadena, we offer various types of COVID-19 testing from trusted Pasadena, CA clinicians. Below we have provided a complete guide to COVID-19 testing so that you have the information you need before booking an appointment.
Important Notes Regarding COVID-19 Testing in Pasadena, CA
COVID-19 symptoms –
Even if you do not notice any health abnormalities, you may want to seek out COVID-19 testing in your area as symptoms can take up to two weeks to appear after you have been infected. If someone in your social circle tests positive for COVID-19, or if you have recently been exposed to a large crowd of people, we highly recommend a COVID test in order to avoid infecting those around you.
If you do notice symptoms such as extreme fatigue, a dry cough, or trouble breathing, these are all indicators of a serious case of COVID-19 and those affected should seek out immediate testing for confirmation.
False negatives –
In the early stages of a COVID-19 infection, you may receive a negative test result despite the fact that you are carrying the virus. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to the virus, you may want to seek out a second test to confirm your result. If you are, however, experiencing one or more symptoms of the virus and you receive a negative test result, you may want to explore other possible causes of your illness by scheduling a telehealth appointment with one of our clinicians.
Unauthorized testing –
Unfortunately, the global pandemic has created a market for people to sell fake at-home COVID-19 tests. We strongly advise against purchasing these products as there is no evidence that these at-home tests can produce an accurate result.
Recommended treatment –
While there is currently no pharmaceutical treatment for COVID-19, there are a few things that affected individuals can do to stop the spread of the virus. Those who test positive for COVID-19 should rest, avoid contact with other people and seek out urgent care if severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, and chest pain appear.
Contact our Pasadena clinic today for COVID-19 testing and more urgent care services.