COVID-19 Testing for Individuals From Manhattan’s Midtown East
At MedRite Urgent Care, we are always looking for new ways to expand our services and make them more accessible to individuals and families in Manhattan’s Midtown East. We also believe that telemedicine has a critically important role during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic because everyone is strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible to minimize the spread of germs and disease.
With that in mind, we are pleased to offer telehealth services, which we believe can be an effective alternative to an in-person office visit if you are experiencing non-life-threatening, flu-like symptoms, such as a mild fever, body aches, and cough, which are also common signs of COVID-19. During your virtual consultation with a MedRite provider, you can be prescreened for COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. You can also receive timely medical attention and individualized advice from a healthcare expert—all while never leaving the safe confines of your own home.
If we are able to rule out the flu during your virtual visit, we may suggest that you register for a COVID-19 test. We offer certified testing services for the novel coronavirus at our convenient drive-up testing center in New York, where you will remain safely in your vehicle throughout the entire process.
How Is COVID-19 Testing Performed?
A coronavirus test consists of a nasopharyngeal culture. Essentially, a provider collects a sample of secretions from the uppermost part of your throat, directly behind your nose. After you tilt your head slightly back, the provider will gently insert a long, flexible swab that resembles a Q-tip directly into one of your nostrils. In a few seconds, he or she will twirl the swab several times to help ensure that an adequate sample is collected, then remove the swab and place it into a labeled vial. The provider will then repeat the swabbing process in your other nostril.
When the sample collection process is complete, both sealed vials will be sent to a certified lab for clinical testing. Specifically, a pathologist will test your specimens for evidence of the COVID-19 virus to confirm or rule out your diagnosis.
How Is COVID-19 Treated?
As of yet, no FDA-approved vaccine or medication has proven to be effective against the novel coronavirus. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and your symptoms are relatively mild, we will likely recommend that you recover at home while taking specific steps to avoid spreading the illness to others. For instance, you should isolate yourself from other members of your household, as well as your pets, by using a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible. You will need to do so until a medical professional determines that you have fully recovered and are no longer contagious.
In the meantime, you should get plenty of rest and stay well-hydrated. If necessary, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever or cough suppressant to improve your comfort. We will monitor your progress on a regular basis, and if you are or become very ill, you may need to be treated in a hospital.
How Can COVID-19 Be Prevented?
The novel coronavirus is believed to mainly spread from person to person. Viral droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze can be easily transmitted by entering another person’s nose, mouth, or eyes, which are the usual entry points for respiratory viruses. Therefore, the key to containing the spread of the novel coronavirus is for everyone to stay at home as much as possible. If you must be in a public place, you should always practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people. For enhanced protection, you can also wear a cloth face mask.
It is also possible to become infected with COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that an infected person recently touched, and then touching your face, nose, mouth, or eyes. You can destroy any viruses that may be on your hands by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Handwashing is being emphasized so much right now, and for good reason—it can be very effective for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Finally, we recommend an annual influenza vaccine for everyone. While a flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, it can reduce the likelihood of contracting influenza and the novel coronavirus at the same time. This is important because simultaneous infections can significantly increase the risk of flu complications, such as pneumonia.
You Can Always Turn to MedRite
At MedRite Urgent Care, we understand that you may need assistance with other health-related issues during the coronavirus pandemic, and we remain here for you. We want you to know that we are taking many steps—above and beyond our standard infection control protocols—to shield our patients and staff from the novel coronavirus. In addition to offering convenient telehealth services, we are continually sterilizing our Midtown East office throughout our daily hours of operation.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or another non-life-threatening medical issue, contact MedRite Urgent Care today. In addition to offering nasal swabbing to detect an active COVID-19 infection, we are pleased to offer COVID-19 antibody testing to detect a past COVID-19 infection.