AFC Urgent Care Danbury is able to provide services and updates on the current pandemic to protect patients and families from COVID-19
What is COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus, also known scientifically as COVID-19, is a virus the affects the upper respiratory system and has lead to mass shutdowns of schools, businesses, recreational facilities and organizations worldwide. As of July 2020, over 47,000 cases have been confirmed in the state of Connecticut alone. As the virus continues to spread, AFC Urgent Care Danbury has begun offering diagnostic testing for active cases as well as antibody testing to detect past infection.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19? How does it spread?
COVID-19 can appear in a range of symptoms and severity. Many positive cases have been detected in patients with none to mild symptoms, while others have experienced more severe symptoms leading to serious complications. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- High fever (over 102 F) or body chills
- Dry, persistent cough
- Shortness of breath or trouble maintaining regular breathing
- Recent loss of smell and/or taste
- Sore throat
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Headache, muscle and full body aches
- Chest and nasal congestion and runny nose
Certain patients may be at a high risk for more severe to fatal symptoms of the virus, including patients with compromised immune systems, chronic conditions and patients who are over the age of 60. If a patient meeting any qualifications of being high-risk begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, they should be examined immediately and taken to the emergency room if they have difficulty breathing and feel constant pressure in their chest.
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 spreads through both direct contact and community spread, which occurs when the patient is unsure where they came into contact with the virus. COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to several days, including door handles, railings, countertops, elevator buttons and faucets. The virus can also spread while airborne and has proven to spread more quickly the influenza virus.
What kind of COVID-19 testing is offered at AFC Urgent Care Danbury?
AFC Urgent Care Danbury offers two types of testing to detect both active coronavirus cases as well as past infections.
Diagnostic PCR Testing can be performed on both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients to detect current, active cases of the novel coronavirus. It is done by taking a swab not unlike a Q-Tip and taking a sample from your lower nasal cavity. The swab test is painless and can be performed in a few short moments, with test results returned from the lab in 3 business days, depending on lab capacity or any unforeseen circumstances.
Antibody testing detects past infection with COVID-19 through the presence of antibodies, an immune response to a virus after an infection has healed. It requires a simple blood draw and takes about 10 minutes. Results will be available to inform you if you have been exposed to the virus in 4-7 business days, depending on lab capacity or any unforeseen circumstances.