COVID-19 is a newly identified type of coronavirus that has affected millions of people around the world. Though symptoms and severity of COVID-19 vary, getting tested when you suspect you’ve contracted the infection may help prevent the virus from spreading to other people. Alka Rebentish, MD, and Chukwudum Uche, MD, FIDSA, FACP, at Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada, provide COVID-19 testing and care. To learn more about COVID-19 and how to get tested, call the office or book online today. Telehealth appointments are available.
COVID-19 is a newly discovered type of coronavirus medically called SARS-CoV-2. The virus attacks the respiratory system, including the nose, throat, and lungs.
Though researchers are still learning about COVID-19, they believe the virus spreads through droplets released into the air after someone with the infection coughs, sneezes, or talks.
COVID-19 symptoms vary in type and severity. In most cases, people develop symptoms within 14 days of exposure to the virus. However, some people never develop symptoms.
Common COVID-19 symptoms include:
Though rare, COVID-19 can lead to respiratory failure, kidney failure, or death.
If you’re experiencing respiratory symptoms and suspect you may have contracted COVID-19, contact Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic to schedule a consultation.
You can also schedule an appointment if you want to know whether you had the infection but were asymptomatic.
The experts at Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you have COVID-19 or may have in the past. Before they conduct any diagnostic testing, they review your symptoms and potential risks of exposure.
To test for COVID-19, your provider may conduct a:
The COVID-19 viral test looks for an active infection. During the test, your provider at Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic swabs the inside of your nose or back of your throat.
The antibody test is a blood test that determines if you were exposed to COVID-19 or previously infected. It takes your body about 12 days to build up antibodies against the virus.
Currently, there’s no specific treatment for COVID-19. However, Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic specialists provide specific recommendations on how to manage symptoms and prevent further spread of the virus.
Treatment may include:
Your provider may have you return to the office for additional testing before releasing you from quarantine.
If you develop severe respiratory symptoms (difficulty breathing), you should go to the nearest emergency room for immediate care and management.
COVID-19 is a contagious virus that can have serious health consequences for certain groups of people, including the immune-compromised and the elderly. To get tested, contact Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic by phone or book an appointment online today.