COVID-19 testing and treatments are life-saving services essential for stopping the spread of this global pandemic. Highly accurate testing methods such as PCR and rapid testing analyze samples to detect the presence of the virus or antibodies, and getting tested regularly is the best way to keep those around you safe. It’s also a way to stay on top of your personal health.
Patients that test positive before showing symptoms of the virus are at an advantage for beginning treatments that can keep them out of the hospital and minimize the duration and spread of this potentially fatal illness. At Dr. G’s Urgent Care, our doors have always remained open, and we’ve done our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our patients healthy. Over the last year, our medical offices have tested 5,000+ patients. The tests we offer are quick, accurate, and results return in less than two days. Patients needing treatment can count on compassionate care as our medical staff will prescribe a proactive course of comprehensive treatments to restore their health.
Get tested today at Dr. G’s Urgent Care facilities in South Florida. You can call (561) 330-9363 for an in-person appointment, attend a virtual consultation, or simply walk in during our open hours.
It’s not breaking news that the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has upended the world. This is a highly infectious respiratory virus caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While some patients infected with COVID have displayed mild symptoms similar to that of the flu or cold, the virus has caused millions of deaths worldwide and has had a profound effect on our everyday life. The virus is spread through droplets and small particles that contain the virus, which can then either contaminate the air, or the things we touch. People who are closer than six feet from an infected person are the most likely to contract the virus. However, as we know, transmission can be prevented by social distancing, mask-wearing, hand/surface sanitization, and testing.
About COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 testing involves analyzing antibody samples to assess the presence of the virus. Our five offices in Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Fort Lauderdale, and Coral Springs offer both rapid testing and the PCR test. While both are accurate, each has unique advantages that make offering both a vital resource for patients.
What is Rapid Testing?
Also known as an antigen test, this COVID-19 test detects certain proteins in the virus. Our medical professional collects samples of mucus in the nose using a swab. An antigen is the part of the virus that provokes an immune response, which is how your body recognizes and defends itself against bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances, or pathogens. Antigen testing alerts to the presence of these proteins, which are found on the viral surface before your body has had the chance to launch an immunological response. That’s why these tests are recommended for those who have been exposed, or are concerned by symptoms similar to COVID. The test involved a cotton swab gently inserted into the nose to collect mucus samples. The swab is then rotated for 10-15 seconds before being removed. With an antigen test, results can be returned to the patient within an hour, however, this test is not as accurate as the alternative, the PCR test. 
What is a PCR Test?
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is another method to test for COVID-19.  Also known as a molecular test, this method detects the actual genetic material of the virus (rather than just the antigens)by using a laboratory technique called PCR. It analyzes your upper respiratory specimen to look for the genetic material in your RNA.  The sample is collected by inserting a long, nasal swab into the nostril to take samples from the back of your nose. The swab is inserted into each nostril then rotated around inside the nose for about 10-15 seconds or throat for 15-20 seconds to gather mucus. The sample is sent to a lab for testing, and patients receive results in two to three days.
Who Should Get Tested
The following patients are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19:
- Anyone experiencing mild to severe symptoms of fever, cough, breathing difficulties, fatigue, and muscle or body aches
- Patients not fully vaccinated, those who have had close contact with someone with COVID or who was previously exposed to COVID, attended large social gatherings, or have been referred by their school, work, or healthcare provider
- Are planning international travel or undergoing elective surgery in 3-5 days
Your Test Results
The test did not show specimens present or the RNA concentration was below the limit of detection. A negative test doesn’t eliminate you from contracting the virus entirely; you still can get it. Please do your part in practicing responsible measures such as maintaining a social distance of six feet or more and wearing masks to prevent infection.
You may test positive for COVID-19 because proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were found. Our compassionate staff will instruct you how to quarantine to avoid spreading the virus and recommend proactive treatments.
Treatment for the COVID-19
Should patients test positive for COVID, Dr. G’s Urgent Care is ready to provide proactive treatments to support the patient as they fend off their infection. Proper preventative care for healthy patients can ensure that symptoms remain mild, and that hospitalization is avoided.
Dr. G’s Urgent Care offers the following treatments:
- Dr G’s COVID Cocktail IV Drip: This IV drip is rich in Vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes to support a healthy immune system so that patients are better equipped to fight off the virus.
- Regeneron REGEN-COV: Patients 12 years old who are at risk may be given REGEN-COV (casirivimab and imdevimab). This medication has been approved for emergency use by the FDA, and contains laboratory-made proteins. These antibodies target the antigens found on the coronavirus, mimicking the immune system’s ability to ward off harmful viruses. Dosages are administered together as a single intravenous infusion. Some rare reactions to the treatment include fever, chills, nausea, headache, shortness of breath, and changes in blood pressure.
- Steroids: When the human body is battling an illness, an immune response is usually a good thing. However, for those battling COVID with compromised respiratory systems, a massive immune response can result in inflammation and further organ damage. Steroids like prednisone or dexamethasone can suppress the immune system, avoiding the occurrence of dangerous inflammation. However, these must be prescribed with caution.
COVID symptoms can resemble mild allergies or the flu. Some individuals may be infected, but remain asymptomatic. However, others may become seriously sick and require medical help. If symptoms start to develop and worsen, come to Dr. G’s Urgent Care for testing and treatment solutions.
Common Symptoms of COVID-19 
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- New fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
- Congestion or runny nose
Stop by Dr. G’s Urgent Care in South Florida to know your status. Our medical staff will gladly walk you through the process, answer your concerns, and evaluate your symptoms. You do not need an appointment for your COVID test, simply walk in. Patients are required to wear a mask at each facility and practice social distancing of six feet or more. Special accommodations can be made for patients that are experiencing potential symptoms of COVID, or who have tested positive. Dr. G’s Urgent Care Clinics also offer video consultations so you can meet with a doctor without leaving home.
The cost of your test should be covered by your insurance provider. Dr. G’s Urgent Care accepts most major insurance plans as well as Medicare. Call us at (561) 330-9363 to discuss details about insurance coverage and payment options.
It will not. Even if you have a negative test, you can still get it. Please practice social distancing when possible, wear face coverings, and wash hands frequently.
Mild to moderate cases of coronavirus should subside within two weeks. Patients suffering severe symptoms such as respiratory problems may need six weeks or more to recuperate.
Depending on which test you took, your results will be shared with you in 2-3 days.
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