COVID-19 Testing Questions and Answers
If you are looking for a COVID-19 testing, visit AFC Urgent Care where we provide COVID-19 molecular testing. For more information call us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients near Wichita KS, Haysville KS, Derby KS, Andover KS, Newton KS, El Dorado KS and Winfield KS.
As we wait for COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed, it is important to stay vigilant and get tested whenever you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with a positive case. We are not out of the woods yet, but we can get there eventually! At AFC Urgent Care in Wichita, KS, we are proud to be a part of the solution to put COVID-19 in the rear-view mirror by offering molecular COVID-19 testing to residents of Wichita, KS, and the surrounding areas.
What are the COVID-19 symptoms that I should be aware of?
In the midst of a pandemic, it is quite normal to feel as though any adverse symptom could be from COVID-19. As such, knowing the characteristic symptoms of COVID-19 is highly beneficial! Some of the typical symptoms of COVID-19 that you should be aware of include the following:
- New or worsening cough
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Fatigue or weakness
- Body or muscle aches
- Sudden loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency signs of COVID-19 infection include trouble breathing, persistent pain or chest pressure, sudden confusion, inability to wake up or stay awake, and bluish lips or face. If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs, seek immediate medical attention at an emergency room or call 911.
What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms?
While the presence of COVID-19 symptoms does not automatically indicate that you have the virus, it is vital to get tested as soon as possible if you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms. In the meantime, you should self-isolate until you can get tested and receive your results. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to self-isolate until your local health officials inform you otherwise. In the event that you test negative, you should still self-isolate until your symptoms go away or 24 hours after a fever subsides.
Should I get tested if I was exposed to someone with COVID-19?
If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within two weeks of their positive test, you should definitely make arrangements to get tested as soon as you can. As you wait to get tested, you should continue to self-isolate until you receive your test results. Since it can take several days after infection for a person to notice symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested as soon as you find out that you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that roughly 20 percent of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic. As such, any contact with a positive case of COVID-19 warrants an imminent COVID-19 test.
Do I need a referral to get tested for COVID-19?
Most of the time, no referral is necessary to get tested for COVID-19. With that being said, some testing sites require you to show symptoms of COVID-19 or to have been in recent contact with a positive case of COVID-19 as a prerequisite for getting tested. As such, you may require a referral from your primary care doctor for such places if you do not show symptoms or have not been in recent contact with a positive COVID-19 case. If you are looking for a testing facility that does not require referrals in such cases in Wichita, KS, we would be happy to provide testing for you at AFC Urgent Care. We accept walk-in appointments for COVID-19 testing at 3161 N Rock Road, Suite A, in Wichita, Kansas.