COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

With more Americans being diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) every day, it’s essential to know the warning signs so you know when to contact Blue Star Urgent Care for COVID-19 testing and treatment. Having the right information can help you protect yourself and your family and help you get the care you need. Call the office to schedule an appointment or request one online today for expert medical care.


COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 is an infectious illness caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large collection of viruses that may cause a range of respiratory illnesses, including the common cold and other more severe illnesses. COVID-19 spreads through the droplets of saliva or nasal discharge that you expel when you cough or sneeze. 

While these droplets are airborne, your chances of infection are low unless an infected person coughs or sneezes near you or if you touch a surface a sick person might have touched after sneezing or coughing into their hands. 

Like other viral upper respiratory infections, COVID-19 causes:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

COVID-19 symptoms usually develop slowly. It’s also possible to have the virus but not have symptoms. 

Around 80% of people who get a coronavirus infection recover without any special treatment, and only one in six people with COVID-19 become very ill and experience difficulty breathing. 

Individuals with a high risk, such as those over the age of 65 or with an existing respiratory condition, should be especially mindful of the risk and practice social distancing and exemplary hygiene.

If you or a member of your family develop a fever, shortness of breath, and other flu symptoms, like a dry cough, troubled breathing, and bodily aches and pains, call Blue Star Urgent Care for advice and to schedule an appointment for testing if necessary.

Blue Star Urgent Care provides COVID-19 testing at the clinic’s curbside to reduce the risk of infection. It also offers antibody testing, which helps health professionals track COVID-19 cases. Antibody testing is for people who don’t have symptoms.

First and foremost, frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water, as well as alcohol-based hand sanitizers, can kill any virus or other germs that are on your hands. 

You should also avoid touching your face. When you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, any virus present on your hands can enter your body and lead to sickness. You should also maintain a distance of at least six feet from anyone, whether they are coughing or sneezing or not, as part of social distancing.

Blue Star Urgent Care is dedicated to reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Please don’t come into the clinic if you have symptoms, as it may put you, the staff, and other patients at risk for infection. Instead, please call the clinic or schedule a phone appointment or virtual visit.

If you have a fever and other flu symptoms and want to know whether you need a coronavirus test, call Blue Star Urgent Care or schedule a consultation online for expert medical care and advice.


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