Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, finding accurate, time-sensitive testing remains one of the best ways to prevent the infection from spreading. Saba Shabnam, MD, FAAFP, and Tatiana Daniel, NP, offer same-day appointments for COVID-19 testing at the practice of Saba Shabnam, MD, FAAFP, in Grapevine, Texas, if you need results fast. Call the practice today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about COVID-19 testing.
COVID-19 is an infection that develops from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The infection primarily targets the respiratory system, but it can also affect other parts of your body. In some individuals, COVID-19 symptoms are mild, even unnoticeable. However, others experience severe and life-threatening complications, such as difficulty breathing.
As the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, accurate testing, early treatment, and preventing the spread remain the best ways to fight the infection.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary but often include:
Many people with COVID-19 also lose their sense of taste and smell and don’t regain them for several weeks after recovering from the infection.
What makes COVID-19 difficult to prevent and treat is its contagious nature. COVID-19 spreads through droplets and particles in the air. If someone with an active case of COVID-19 coughs or sneezes, they can quickly spread the infection to others.
While less common, you can also contract the infection from touching a surface that contains the virus.
The simplest way to diagnose COVID-19 is through accurate testing. At the office of Saba Shabnam, MD, FAAFP, the team offers two types of COVID testing:
An RT-PCR test produces the most accurate results, whether you have COVID symptoms or not. Results are typically available within 72 hours after your test.
A rapid antigen test can deliver results within a few hours. The test detects proteins found outside of the virus, so results are most accurate if you’re experiencing active symptoms of COVID-19.
Recovering from COVID-19 requires proper rest and fluids. To prevent the infection from spreading, you should isolate yourself and wear a mask when you go outside. Over-the-counter medications, such as cold and flu medicine, can minimize your symptoms.
If your symptoms worsen, talk to Dr. Shabnam for guidance on your next steps. They may recommend additional medication or encourage you to visit your nearest urgent care facility.
Call the office of Saba Shabnam, MD, FAAFP, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about COVID-19.