All About COVID-19 Testing

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Find the right COVID-19 test for you

With 3 types of COVID-19 tests, the right information can help you determine which test you need.

Active infection swab test

This type of test helps to diagnose whether you currently have an active COVID-19 infection. A diagnosis can guide you and your doctor or healthcare provider to make an informed decision about self-isolating to protect your family and friends.

Who can get tested:

Active infection testing may be right for you if you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to the virus in the last 14 days. Common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

How the test works:

Your doctor or other healthcare provider will collect a sample through a nasal or throat swab.

Antibody blood test

COVID-19 antibody tests have the potential to play a critical role in helping our communities move forward. Discover how this test option can tell us more about the virus and give us the insights we need to help stop its spread. 

Who can get tested:

Antibody testing is available only to patients who are not currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and have not experienced symptoms within 10 days. Common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

How the test works:

If your doctor or healthcare provider has submitted an order for you to get a COVID-19 antibody test, you will go to a lab. You do not need to fast for this test. A phlebotomist will draw your blood and then it will be processed for testing.

COVID-19 + flu swab test

The 2020 flu season will coincide with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 and flu are often similar, making it difficult to determine what might be making you feel sick.

With just one test, the COVID-19 + flu panel helps your doctor determine if you have COVID-19 or the flu.

If you have symptoms that could be from the flu or COVID-19, you should quarantine as a precaution. Call your healthcare provider and discuss your symptoms before any visit for testing.

Knowing if you have COVID-19 means you can take steps to avoid spreading the disease and alert those who you were in contact with who may have been exposed. If diagnosed early, the flu can often be treated with medications like Tamiflu®, potentially making your illness shorter and less severe.

Who can get tested:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends co-testing for COVID-19 and influenza if you are experiencing any symptoms of either condition. Overlapping symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and sore throat.

How the test works:

Only one sample is taken via nasal swab and it is then tested for both influenza A and B, as well as COVID-19—all at the same time. The test results will rule in or rule out each of the viral infections.

COVID-19 Testing at MD365™

MD365™ is a comprehensive primary and urgent care clinic. We work hard to offer fast, affordable, quality healthcare services to all of our patients so we can keep our community healthy. For flu vaccinations, COVID-19 testing, or televisits with a talented physician or nurse practitioner, MD365™ can help. Our services are covered by most insurance policies, so schedule your appointment at one of our clinics today!

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