If you suspect you have COVID-19 or were recently exposed to someone with the virus, see the providers at Toseg Medical Center in Montgomery Village, Maryland. Certified registered nurse practitioner Olukemi Ogunmakinwa, CRNP, and her expert staff offer COVID-19 testing, vaccines, and treatments to patients of all ages. Call the office to schedule a COVID-19 appointment or use the online booking feature today.
COVID-19 is a flu-like illness caused by the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It causes symptoms like fever, cough, and fatigue — but may cause life-threatening complications in some people. COVID-19 testing is the only way to detect the virus.
As COVID spreads around the world, testing is the best way to keep you, your loved ones, and community at large safe from infection.
Some of the main symptoms of COVID-19 include:
These symptoms may develop 2-14 days after being exposed to COVID-19.
Toseg Medical Center offers the following types of COVID-19 testing:
PCR tests detect the presence of the COVID-19 genetic material as it breaks down. It’s highly reliable and accurate, but it may take several hours to receive the results.
Antigen tests, or rapid testing, detect antigens on the surface of cells. These tests take just 15-30 minutes. Rapid tests are the most accurate when tested on patients within a few days of the onset of symptoms.
Antibody tests are blood tests that detect the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in your bloodstream. A positive test means you’ve likely had COVID-19 in the past or have antibodies because of being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Toseg Medical Center offers COVID-19 vaccines to patients of all ages. The vaccines contain mRNA materials that trigger your body to make antibodies, which protect you from becoming severely ill from COVID.
After receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, you may develop a headache, low-grade fever, or body aches, but these symptoms are temporary. Many people find that that the benefits of vaccines may outweigh experiencing these minor side effects.
If you have a positive test, your Toseg Medical Center provider can help you manage your symptoms. They might recommend prescription medications, breathing treatments, or other COVID-19 treatments. It’s important to get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids. Limit your exposure to other people to avoid spreading COVID-19.
To receive help for COVID-19 at Toseg Medical Center, call the office or book an appointment online today.