Covid Testing (Rapid Antigen, Antibody, PCR) in Los Angeles CA
Covid testing is offered in three different methods to help give you peace of mind and determine if you are Covid free for flights, gatherings, trips, sports events, or even employment.
During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are strictly following the CDC’s guidelines and adding extra precautions to ensure maximum safety for all our patients and staff. Avoid congested waiting rooms and unnecessary exposure. Our practitioner will come to your house, covered in a mask, full-body gown, and face shield.
COVID-19 has been a problem for over two years. It is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Many people infected with the virus have only mild to moderate respiratory illness and often recover without special treatment. There are some, however, who become seriously ill and require medical attention. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19, become very ill, and die – it doesn’t matter the age.
The virus can spread via mouth or nose in small liquid particles when we cough, sneeze, speak, sing, or breathe. Particles range from large respiratory droplets to smaller drops. Practice respiratory etiquette by coughing into your elbow. Stay home and self-isolate until your feel better if you are sick. If you are traveling, you can find COVID testing at the Los Angeles airport.
Complications that lead to death are respiratory failure, sepsis, septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), thromboembolism, and multiorgan failure, including the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Become well informed about the disease to know how severe the disease is and what you can do about it. To date, the best way to prevent or slow down covid-19 transmission includes:
Staying at least 1 meter (6 feet) away from others,
Wear a properly fitted mask
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Wash your hands frequently
Be aware that the time from exposure to COVID-19 to when symptoms appear can be up to 14 days. Get tested and watch for COVID testing in Los Angeles on the same day. Those exposed to the virus are advised to stay at home and away from others for at least 14 days. Staying away from others when you have been exposed will prevent the spread of the virus. COVID testing in Los Angeles County provides same day results.
Watch for these symptoms:
Loss of taste or smell
Muscle or joint pain
Vomiting or nausea
If you have any of these symptoms or just feel ill, you should be look into COVID testing in Los Angeles. You may not have any symptoms but consider being tested if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Globally, scientists are working overtime to develop treatments for COVID-19. Some medications can help those who are critically ill. Dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can help reduce the length of time on a ventilator.
Medications that have been listed to stop COVID-19 include remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir, and interferon, however, these listed medications have little to no effect on the in-hospital course of COVID-19. New medications are being developed as a prevention or cure for the disease, and further information can be seen on the World Health Organization’s website as information becomes available.
Rapid Antigen Test
A nasal swab detects protein fragments specific to Covid-19 to determine if you are currently infected with Covid-19. Results are ready within 16 minutes.
Rapid Covid Antibody Test
A quick fingerstick with one drop of blood will determine if you have been infected with Covid-19 at some point and if you have built antibodies to the virus (immunity). Results are ready within 15 minutes.
The antibody test is not used to diagnose a current infection.
COVID-19 PCR Test
The Covid-19 PCR test is a nasal swab test for Covid-19. It is the gold standard, most accurate, and reliable test for diagnosing if you are currently infected with Covid-19. Results are typically expected 24 hours after sample collection (lab closed on Sundays.)