COVID-19 Testing in Miami Beach, FL
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MedRite Urgent Care stands ready to help the Miami community through any public health crisis, and the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is no exception. If you are experiencing fever, body aches, shortness of breath, and persistent coughing, we can prescreen you for COVID-19 remotely. By taking advantage of our convenient telehealth services, you can consult with an experienced provider at MedRite about your symptoms and receive personalized medical advice without ever having to leave the comfort and safety of your own home.
It is important to note that this new strain of coronavirus (aka the novel coronavirus) and seasonal influenza have very similar symptoms, and most people who experience flu-like symptoms do not have COVID-19. Therefore, our first step in the diagnostic process is to attempt to rule out the flu. If we are able to do so during your virtual assessment, we may then recommend that you register to be tested for the novel coronavirus.
What Does Coronavirus Testing Involve?
Testing for COVID-19 involves a simple nasopharyngeal swab, which is a method of collecting a sample of your nasal secretions from the back of your nose and throat. No preparation is required. A provider will gently insert a specialized swab (similar to a long Q-tip) through one of your nostrils and into the cavity between your nose and mouth, then rotate the swab several times. Then, the provider will carefully remove the swab and place it in a sealed, labeled container so that it can be sent to a certified lab for processing. The provider will repeat the swabbing procedure in your other nostril.
Any bacteria, fungi, or viruses such as COVID-19 that are present in your sample will have an opportunity to multiply in the lab, making them easier for a pathologist to identify. It is important to understand that if you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that your specimen was collected very soon after you became infected, and therefore you could still test positive later. Also, you could be exposed to COVID-19 later and then become ill. The bottom line is that a negative test result does not eliminate the possibility that you are or will become infected with the novel coronavirus.
How Is COVID-19 Treated?
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, it is imperative that you stay home and isolate yourself from others until a medical professional determines that you have fully recovered and are no longer contagious. Because COVID-19 is caused by a virus rather than bacteria, antibiotic treatment is inappropriate (antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections). At this time, there is no FDA-approved treatment for the novel coronavirus.
If your symptoms are relatively mild, you may feel better if you:
- Sleep and rest as much as possible
- Keep warm
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
- Use a room humidifier or take hot showers to ease your cough
Be sure to keep in touch with your healthcare provider and report any changes in your symptoms. Severe COVID-19 symptoms such as difficulty breathing may require hospitalization and the use of a ventilator.
How Can COVID-19 Be Prevented?
There are many precautions you can take to protect yourself and others against the novel coronavirus. The best way to do so is to stay at home as much as possible. If you must leave home, it is critically important to avoid close contact with others by practicing social distancing, which involves maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and other people. In public places, it can also be helpful to wear a cloth face mask.
Keep in mind that whenever an infected person coughs or sneezes, tiny liquid droplets containing the COVID-19 virus are released into the air from his or her nose or mouth. If you are too close, you can potentially breathe in the droplets and become infected. That’s why it is so important to cover your coughs and sneezes with a clean tissue or your sleeve and to never share food, drinks, cups, utensils, cosmetics, sporting equipment (such as mouthpieces), and the like with others.
Additionally, it is essential to frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time. If soap and water are not available, the next best thing is a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub can destroy viruses that may be on your hands if you’ve touched a contaminated surface or object.
Lastly, be sure to get an annual flu shot. Even though the influenza vaccine cannot directly protect you from COVID-19, it can protect you from the flu. This is important because if you were to contract both influenza and coronavirus simultaneously, you would be more likely to develop pneumonia and other serious complications.
MedRite Is Here for You
Whether you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or you have an unrelated, non-life-threatening illness or injury, MedRite Urgent Care is always here for you. Please be assured that, in addition to our standard infection control protocols, we are taking other steps to protect our patients and staff from the novel coronavirus, including sterilizing our facilities in Miami, FL, throughout our hours of operation. For more information, contact us today.