With more Americans being diagnosed with COVID-19 every day, it’s essential to know the warning signs, so you know when to contact Stephanie Guignard, CPNP, at Mom's Choice Mobile Healthcare in McKinney, Texas, for testing and treatment. Having the right information about COVID-19 can help you protect yourself and your family and get the care you need. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or request one online today for expert medical care.
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 ranging from the common cold to more severe illnesses.
The virus 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:
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 who are at a heightened risk, such as those over the age of 65 or with an existing respiratory condition, should be especially careful and practice social distancing and exemplary hygiene.
Mom's Choice Mobile Healthcare offers several types of COVID-19 testing. Your practitioner can help you choose the option that’s right for you and your family.
Rapid antigen testing offers a quick turnaround time, and it’s the type most commonly offered at large-scale test sites. This approach uses a nose or throat swab to gather cells for screening. You usually get your results the same day, sometimes within a couple of hours.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is also sometimes called molecular testing. These tests look at the genetic material of a virus to determine the type. PCR tests can be done from a nose or throat swab, and some options need only a small volume of saliva for testing.
There’s also a rapid PCR test, which can deliver results quickly. This is a good option if you need to make travel or other decisions based on your test results.
If you have questions about COVID-19 testing, call the office for guidance. Scheduling an appointment is as easy as choosing a time online and completing some routine forms, so don’t delay.