COVID-19 Testing in Imperial Beach, CA
Coronado Bay Urgent Care is now providing free COVID-19 testing to anyone who needs it. Contact us today for more information or simply walk in.
We are all patiently waiting and looking forward to when we can move forward from this devastating pandemic known as COVID-19. Until then, we want to support you as best as we can with medical care. For your convenience, we now offer FREE COVID-19 testing at Coronado Bay Urgent Care to anyone who needs it.
What are the different kinds of testing for COVID-19?
The two primary kinds of tests for COVID-19 are antibody tests, also known as serology tests, and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, also called the nucleic-based acid testing or molecular testing. Both these tests have different methods, and as such, they have different uses.
With antibody tests, blood is tested for the presence of antibodies. When your immune system is infected by COVID-19 or any other virus for that matter, it produces specific antibodies that are designed to fight off a particular pathogen. Depending on the number of antibodies in a person’s blood, medical scientists can determine whether or not a person has COVID-19 or has been infected previously by COVID-19.
Polymerase chain reaction testing looks for the presence of the COVID-19 antigen in nasal secretions. The antigen is the foreign invader that sparks the virus in the human body and the immune system’s response. The PCR test is conducted with nasopharyngeal swabs that are taken from the nose and the back of the throat. Since PCR tests can detect the antigen’s presence, they are better equipped to diagnose the virus than other tests.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The symptoms of COVID-19 are relatively diverse, but they are consistent. Symptoms usually show up in individuals within two to 14 days of infection. It is essential to note the presence of one or two symptoms does not mean that you have COVID-19. The most commonly reported and telltale signs of COVID-19 are fever and difficulty with breathing. The following is a complete list of the reported symptoms of COVID-19:
- Body and muscle aches
- Congested or runny nose
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Fever or chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sore throat
- Sudden loss of taste or smell
If you have any of the following symptoms, feel free to contact us at Coronado Bay Urgent Care, and we will determine if you require testing for COVID-19.
What is antibody testing used for?
Since antibody tests only detect the virus after the immune system has had time to respond to it and develop antibodies, it is not as effective as polymerase chain reaction tests for diagnosing COVID-19. However, it does have other great uses! Antibody tests are great for individuals who have already been diagnosed with COVID-19 to determine their immunity to the virus and if they have fully recovered. As such, antibody testing provides valuable data on the relative resistance or vulnerability of a particular region to COVID-19.
Where can I go to get tested for COVID-19 in Coronado Bay, CA?
If you live in the area of Coronado Bay, California, and are looking for a safe and established clinic to get tested for COVID-19, we invite you to contact us at Coronado Bay Urgent Care! Our primary priority is to keep our patients and employees safe. As such, we are paying close attention to every development of COVID-19 and all of the guidelines that health officials lay down in our city, state, and nation. You can find Coronado Bay Urgent Care at 888 Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach, California.
Come to Coronado Bay Urgent Care for COVID-19 testing! To schedule an appointment with us, you can call us at (619) 423-0100, or you can do so through our website. Call us to find out our open hours or check our website for updates.