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Rapid Covid-19 Testing

Sellwood Medical Clinic

Family & Pediatrics & Internal Medicine located in Portland, OR

If you experience a sore throat, dry cough, or fever, COVID-19 testing can determine if you’re sick with the novel coronavirus. It can also detect whether you have an active infection but are not symptomatic. Sellwood Medical Clinic, with in Portland, Oregon, offers rapid COVID-19 testing. To schedule an appointment today, book a consultation online, or call the office nearest you and speak with a friendly staff member.

Rapid Covid-19 Testing Q & A

**For established patients only. All tests require an in-person or telehealth appointment before receiving the test**

 

What is Rapid COVID-19 testing?

COVID-19 testing is a screening procedure used to determine if you currently have the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It plays an important role in diagnosing individual cases and allows public health authorities to trace and contain outbreaks. 

coronavirus testing provides prompt results. You know if you have COVID-19 within of your test. That allows you to better protect your family, friends, and the community. 

Is Rapid COVID-19 testing the same as antibody testing?

COVID-19 testing and antibody testing are two different things. Antibody testing can determine if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past, whereas COVID-19 testing determines if you’re currently carrying the virus. 

If you have the virus, you’re more likely to spread it to others. By undergoing COVID-19 testing, you can receive fast results and take steps to quarantine and receive necessary treatment if needed.

How does Rapid COVID-19 testing work?

At Sellwood Medical Clinic, COVID-19 testing involves your provider taking a throat or nasal swab and sending it to a nearby laboratory for testing.

To diagnose COVID-19, the machine looks for the presence of virus proteins, specifically the proteins from surface spikes.

Should I get Rapid COVID-19 testing if I don’t have symptoms?

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 via work or by spending time with friends and family, it’s important to undergo COVID-19 testing. Many people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, meaning they have no obvious indications of illness like a fever, cough, or trouble breathing.

COVID-19 testing can detect the presence of an active COVID-19 infection, whether you’re experiencing symptoms or not. 

What if my Rapid COVID-19 test is positive?

If you receive a positive result from a COVID-19 test, it’s important to stay home and avoid contact with others for at least 14 days. Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and take over-the-counter medications to keep your fever down.

If your symptoms get worse, contact Sellwood Medical Clinic right away. If you’re having trouble breathing or chest pain, seek emergency care.

Don’t wait to undergo COVID-19 testing. Schedule an appointment at Sellwood Medical Clinic today by booking a consultation online or calling the office.