COVID-19 Testing in Spring Valley, NY
At MedRite Urgent Care, we’ve always believed that it is vital for our providers to stay closely connected to our patients in Spring Valley, New York. Amid the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, accessible medical services are arguably more important now than ever before. With a goal of keeping everyone safe and minimizing the spread of germs, we’re pleased to offer telehealth services. Through the use of modern technology, we are now able to consult with our patients remotely via video-conferencing tools that keep personal information safe and secure.
You might choose to take advantage of this convenient healthcare option if you are experiencing non-life-threatening, flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, shortness of breath, and fever. Why? Telemedicine makes it possible for you to be prescreened for COVID-19 and receive individualized medical advice without ever leaving your home.
Most people who experience flu-like symptoms do not have the novel coronavirus. If we are able to rule out influenza during your virtual visit, we may determine that COVID-19 testing is appropriate for you. If so, we can explain how to register for a COVID-19 test, which you can receive from the safety of your vehicle at our certified drive-up testing center in New York.
Testing for COVID-19 (aka the Novel Coronavirus)
A COVID-19 test involves a nasopharyngeal swab, which is used to collect a secretion sample from the upper part of your nose and throat. While you tilt your head back slightly, a provider will insert a specialized, soft-tipped swab into one of your nostrils, then rotate the swab for a few seconds to ensure that a sufficient sample is collected. After removing the swab and sealing it in a labeled container, the provider will repeat the swabbing process in your other nostril. Although a nasopharyngeal swab is usually not painful, some patients experience mild discomfort or coughing.
When your testing session is complete, your samples will be promptly forwarded to a certified lab for clinical testing. In addition to offering nasal swabbing to detect an active COVID-19 infection, we are also pleased to offer COVID-19 antibody testing to detect a past COVID-19 infection.
How Is COVID-19 Treated?
Currently, there are no specific treatments available for the novel coronavirus. Antibiotics are ineffective because COVID-19 is a viral infection, not a bacterial infection. However, most people who are infected with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms, if any, and are able to recover at home. Self-care measures that are often recommended for relieving flu symptoms can also help relieve mild COVID-19 symptoms. These include:
- Getting sufficient rest
- Staying well-hydrated
- Taking over-the-counter fever reducers and pain relievers
As you recover from COVID-19, be sure to carefully follow your healthcare provider’s instructions, and do not leave home unless you require medical attention or there is an emergency. It will be critically important for you to isolate yourself from other people and pets in your household as much as possible to avoid spreading the illness. Ideally, you should use a separate bedroom and bathroom if you can. If you must be in the same room with other people, wear a cloth face mask.
How Can COVID-19 Be Prevented?
Because there is currently no vaccine that protects against COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Scientists believe that the novel coronavirus is mainly spread from person to person via respiratory droplets that are released into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. When you are in close contact (within a distance of 6 feet or less) with an infected person, you can easily inhale the virus-containing droplets and become infected yourself. Therefore, to be safe, you should avoid close contact with others by staying home as much as possible and practicing social distancing when you must be in public places.
Another way you can become infected with COVID-19 is to touch a surface or object that was recently touched by an infected person, and then touch your face. It is possible to destroy viruses on your hands by washing them thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. As such, the importance of frequent and thorough handwashing cannot be overemphasized.
Our Goal Is to Keep You Healthy & Safe
Your health and well-being are important to the team at MedRite Urgent Care, and we want you to know that we are doing everything possible to keep you safe during these tumultuous times. As always, you can visit our Rockland County clinic in Spring Valley, NY, with complete confidence. In addition to our standard infection control protocols, we are taking further steps to protect our patients and staff from COVID-19, including sterilizing our facilities throughout the day. And, if you would prefer to stay put, you can request a virtual visit with an experienced provider. Contact us today.