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COVID-19 Testing

Select Family Practice and Urgent Care

Family Medicine located in Raleigh, NC

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a highly contagious and potentially dangerous respiratory illness. The team of health care experts at Select Family Practice and Urgent Care in Raleigh, North Carolina, offers COVID-19 testing for patients with coronavirus symptoms. A rapid and accurate diagnosis is critical to helping you get the treatment you need. If you have coronavirus symptoms, call Select Family Practice and Urgent Care today or make an appointment online for testing.

COVID-19 Testing Q & A

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

You should call Select Family Practice and Urgent Care if you have COVID-19 symptoms to talk to one of the health care providers about what you should do and if you should get tested. 

The coronavirus causes a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills 
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of taste or smell

Some patients also experience gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. 

If you have severe symptoms and are struggling to breathe, go to your nearest emergency room. 

What happens during COVID-19 testing?

Select Family Practice and Urgent Care offers nasopharyngeal swab tests as well as immunoglobulin serology testing for COVID-19 antibodies. Test results are usually available within a few days.

Nasopharyngeal swab

During a nasopharyngeal swab test, your provider uses a long, thin swab to collect a sample of saliva and mucus from the back of your sinuses. They test your sample for signs of an acute infection, including the presence of COVID-19 nucleic acid. 

Immunoglobulin serology testing

Select Family Practice and Urgent Care also provides a blood test to evaluate your immunoglobulin levels, which can show if you have antibodies for COVID-19. Immunoglobulins are proteins produced by plasma cells in response to viruses, bacteria, and other infections. This test shows if you had coronavirus in the past and whether your body has created the cells needed to fight the disease. 

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

If you think you might have COVID-19, call Select Family Practice and Urgent Care and talk to a member of the team about your symptoms. The team asks about your symptoms and people you’ve been in contact with for the previous 14 days. 

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, they might recommend that you come into the office for testing, go to the emergency room, or self-isolate at home and monitor your symptoms. 

As with any virus, getting plenty of rest and managing your symptoms are essential to recovery. You should do your best to isolate yourself from your family or other people who share your home to reduce the risk of passing the virus to someone else.

Call Select Family Practice and Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online today if you think you might have coronavirus.