COVID-19 Testing for Individuals From Manhattan’s Midtown West
At MedRite Urgent Care, we understand that many people in Manhattan’s Midtown West are concerned about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its symptoms. We also understand that you may be hesitant to venture out at this time unless you absolutely have to. If you’re experiencing fatigue, fever, coughing, and body aches—which are common signs of both seasonal influenza and the novel coronavirus—we can prescreen you for COVID-19 from the comfort of your own home. How? We offer telehealth services. Using your laptop, smartphone, or another electronic device, you can participate in a convenient virtual visit with a trusted MedRite provider, who will assess your symptoms and answer questions.
If we are able to rule out the flu during your virtual consultation, we may recommend a COVID-19 test as the next step in your diagnostic process. If so, we will explain how you can register to receive a certified test at our convenient drive-up testing center in New York, where you will remain safely in your vehicle at all times.
The COVID-19 Testing Procedure
Coronavirus testing involves a nasopharyngeal culture, a quick and simple test that is used to diagnose many upper respiratory infections. First, you’ll be asked to cough to produce nasal secretions, then tilt your head back slightly. A provider will gently insert a long, thin, soft-tipped swab into one of your nostrils, carefully guiding the swab toward the back of your nasal cavity and rotating it a few times to collect secretions. The provider will then remove the swab, seal it in a sterile container, and follow the same procedure to collect a sample from your other nostril. While a nasopharyngeal swab is usually not painful, some people experience temporary pressure or discomfort.
Your samples will be promptly forwarded to a lab for clinical testing. Specifically, a pathologist will examine the cultures for evidence of the novel coronavirus. In addition to offering nasal swabbing to detect an active COVID-19 infection, we also offer COVID-19 antibody testing to detect a past COVID-19 infection.
How Is COVID-19 Treated?
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and your symptoms are mild, you can likely recover at home within approximately a week to 10 days. With that said, you must not leave your home (unless you need medical care or there is an emergency) until a medical professional determines that you have fully recovered and it is safe for you to do so. In the meantime, you should:
- Isolate yourself as much as possible from other members of your household and any pets (ideally, you should use a separate bedroom and bathroom)
- Get plenty of rest and stay well-hydrated
- Stay in touch with your provider and be sure to report any change in your symptoms
Because viral genetic material has been detected in patients who have recovered from COVID-19, it is best to assume that you will continue to be contagious for some time after your symptoms resolve, and to take appropriate precautions to avoid infecting others.
How Can COVID-19 Be Prevented?
Currently, there is no vaccine that can prevent the novel coronavirus, which is mainly spread via respiratory droplets that become airborne when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Therefore, it is important for everyone to take steps to protect our collective health by minimizing the transmission of COVID-19. Here are some effective ways to do so:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes – Use a clean tissue and dispose of it in a lined trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often – Using soap and warm water, rub your hands vigorously together for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Do not touch your face – Keep your unwashed hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth at all times.
- Reserve personal items for your own use – Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, water bottles, eating utensils, cosmetics, towels, or bedding with anyone else, including members of your household.
- Disinfect “high-touch” surfaces every day – Clean with soap and water followed by a household disinfectant. Pay particular attention to phones, remote controls, keyboards, computer mice, tablets, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, and bedside tables.
At MedRite, we also encourage everyone to get an annual flu shot. Even though it won’t directly protect you from COVID-19, it can reduce your risk of becoming ill if you are infected with both seasonal influenza and the novel coronavirus at the same time.
We Take Your Health & Safety Seriously
If you need medical attention for a non-life-threatening health issue, you can be assured that the team at MedRite Urgent Care is always available to you—either in person at our Midtown West clinic or via telemedicine. While we value face-to-face interactions and enjoy seeing our patients, we also realize that it is not always possible in today’s rapidly changing world, where it is vital for everyone to help prevent the spread of germs and disease. One of the best ways to do so is to stay home, especially when you aren’t feeling well.
Even so, you can still receive personalized medical attention if you need it. You can request a virtual appointment with a MedRite provider at any time. As always, your health remains our top priority.