Why Should I Get Tested For COVID-19?
COVID-19 diagnostic testing is done to find out if you’re currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two types of tests for diagnosing COVID-19 — molecular and antigen. This testing is important because it helps to fight the spread of this highly contagious virus. When individuals do not know they have COVID-19 they can spread the virus to more people, some of which may have compromised immunity or health, which can lead to serious complications with the virus.
Should I Be Tested Even If I Don’t Have Symptoms?
If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or have other reasons to believe that you may have contracted the virus, you should be tested. Many individuals who contract the virus are asymptomatic, or do not experience symptoms for 10 or more days after becoming infected.
How many COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic?
Studies show that at least 40-to-50% of people who test positive for COVID-19 had no symptoms at the time they were tested. Medical experts say asymptomatic spread is a major threat to our communities.
How Long After Being Infected With COVID-19 Am I Contagious?
According to the CDC’s website:
You can be around others after:
-10 days since symptoms first appeared and
-24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
-Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*
-*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.
Note that these recommendations do not apply to persons with severe COVID-19 or with severely weakened immune systems (immunocompromised). These persons should follow the guidance below for “I was severely ill with COVID-19 or have a severely weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication. When can I be around others?”
I was severely ill with COVID-19 or have a severely weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication. When can I be around others?
People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Persons who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information. If testing is available in your community, it may be recommended by your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will let you know if you can resume being around other people based on the results of your testing.
Your doctor may work with an infectious disease expert or your local health department to determine whether testing will be necessary before you can be around others.
Get Tested For COVID-19 At Home
If you have recently been exposed to someone that has tested positive to COVID-19, are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or simply would like to schedule a COVID-19 PCR test for you, your family, employees, or students, contact Medical Mobile Services in Houston today. We travel all over the state of Texas providing mobile testing solutions for everyone because we believe that accessibility and affordability are critical components of healthcare for everyone. Getting tested can help to save lives and protect those who are most vulnerable around you. With Medical Mobile Services there is no reason to travel to a testing facility or risk an in-office visit, instead we come to you for convenient on-site testing. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.
Lab Testing That Comes To You
At Medical Mobile Services we believe in making lab testing accessible to everyone, regardless of their insurance coverage and without doctor’s orders. This is why we have focused on providing high-quality mobile medical testing services throughout the state of Texas. It does not matter where you are located, if you are within our service area, we will travel to you, this includes but is not limited to Austin, Conroe, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Killeen, San Antonio, San Marcos, Texarkana. Our team is committed to helping you access the medical tests that you need when you need them — to give you, the customer, a winning service that you can rely on. Every time.
Medical Mobile Services
7211 Regency Square Suite 106,
Houston, TX 77036