Temecula Medical Group
Concierge Primary Care & Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic located in Temecula, CA
COVID-19 Q & A
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infection that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can cause. The infectious disease frequently spreads through droplets in the air, typically through a sneeze or cough. You can also contract COVID if you touch a surface that contains the virus and then touch your eyes or mouth.
While COVID-19 primarily affects the respiratory system, it can impact multiple bodily functions. Symptoms of COVID can vary, which makes the infection difficult to diagnose and treat.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Most people experience COVID-19 symptoms within 2-14 days of exposure. Some people experience mild symptoms, while others don’t even know they have COVID-19. The infection can also cause severe symptoms that require emergency medical attention.
Consider a rapid COVID-19 test at Temecula Medical Group if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle aches
- Lost sense of taste or smell
Without treatment, COVID-19 symptoms can worsen rapidly. Individuals with underlying conditions, such as diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are at a higher risk of developing severe COVID complications.
How does rapid COVID-19 testing work?
Rapid COVID-19 testing is one of the fastest, most effective tools to detect the virus’ presence. If you suspect you have COVID, a rapid test can provide results within minutes. You always receive your results on the same day as your test so that you can plan your next steps accordingly.
When you arrive for testing, the team collects a sample via a nasal swab that is inserted into your nostril and gently twisted. Then, they repeat the process in your other nostril. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes.
What happens if my COVID-19 test returns positive?
Anybody who tests positive for COVID-19, including those who are vaccinated, should self-isolate. Isolation helps prevent the spread of the infection and reduces your community’s positive infection rate. Lower case numbers mean COVID has fewer hosts to infect, which prevents transmission within your community.
If you experience worsening symptoms from COVID-19, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Temecula Medical Group. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today for more information.