Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Questions and Answers
If you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus come to Fast Aid Urgent Care as we are now offering COVID-19 testing. We have 3 convenient locations near you. Walk-in today! For more information, please call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Bulverde Rd San Antonio TX, Windcrest TX, Selma TX. Bastrop TX, Paige TX, Smithville TX, Alamo Ranch San Antonio TX, Leon Valley TX and Helotes TX.
One of the most stressful aspects of the current pandemic is the constant uncertainty on a personal, national, and global level. We do not know when a vaccine will be developed, or if it will be safe to go out in public on any given day, or how best to implement social distancing into our complex lives. At Fast Aid Urgent Care, our number one priority during this time is the health and safety of our patients and staff. We are following all the necessary precautions as advised by our local and national health officials to provide safe and effective testing for COVID-19.
What are the different kinds of COVID-19 tests?
Fast Aid Urgent Care offers three kinds of tests for COVID-19. All types of tests have different methods and different functions.
Antigen tests — often known as the rapid test — works by unleashing specific viral proteins when the sample is mixed with a solution. A paper strip that contains a bespoke antibody is optimized to bind the protein if they are present when applying the combination to the paper strip. Like a home pregnancy test, a band will appear on the paper strip.The process can be done in up to 30 min and does not require a lab. The test is reliable when a patient has a high viral load but could be more prone to a false-negative if they have low amounts of the virus in their body.
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test takes nasopharyngeal swabs for nasal secretions from the nose and throat to detect the presence of the COVID-19 antigen. As such, it is well-adjusted to detect COVID-19 early, and to use as a diagnostic test. You may have also heard it called the molecular test or the nucleic acid-based test.
The other primary test is an antibody test, otherwise known as the serology test, which looks for the presence of antibodies in your blood. When the immune system detects a foreign substance in your body, it perceives it as a threat and produces the antibodies to neutralize that threat. Thus, the antibody test is not as helpful for diagnosing COVID-19, since it does not detect the virus until the immune system has developed the antibodies to fight COVID-19, it does provide other essential services. For example, serology tests can identify which individuals are candidates to provide blood transfusion to critically ill patients of COVID-19. They can also provide informative data about vaccine development, the scope of the virus in specific populations, and the relative immunity or vulnerability of particular regions to COVID-19.
Who should get tested for COVID-19?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined a priority list for testing. It is as follows:
- Healthcare workers or hospitalized patients that show symptoms
- Individuals that are 65 years and older residing in long-term care facilities, or patients that have underlying medical conditions with compromised immune systems, as well as first responders with symptoms
- Essential workers that exhibit symptoms, or individuals experiencing symptoms in areas with a high number of confirmed cases
- Individuals with symptoms in areas where there is a low risk of infection
If you are unsure if you should be tested, you can call us at Fast Aid Urgent Care or your primary care physician. Tell us of your symptoms, any underlying medical conditions, and your occupation, and we will determine whether you require testing for COVID-19.
How should I protect myself and others from COVID-19?
It is essential that you follow social distancing guidelines and proper hygiene care as laid out by health officials in your city, state, and country to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and rest until you are better. Even if you feel healthy and protected from the virus, it is still vital to be cautious. People can get infected by COVID-19 and be asymptomatic but can still spread the virus without knowing it. As such, it is essential to be extra vigilant. Even if you feel strong enough to fight off the infection, someone you care about may be more at risk and not have the same health or strength.
Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in San Antonio, Texas or Bastrop, Texas?
If you are looking for a testing facility in San Antonio, Texas, or Bastrop, Texas, Fast Aid Urgent Care has multiple clinics that provide safe and professional testing. We provide antibody testing at all three of our clinics! Two of our locations are in San Antonio, Texas, and one is in Bastrop, Texas.
We welcome you to come to Fast Aid Urgent Care to get tested for COVID-19! If you would like to learn more about our testing facility or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please call us or book an appointment through our website. We are open weekdays and also on weekends through telemedicine.
What is the cost for Covid-19 testing with no insurance?
$220 is the cash price for a Covid-19 test at Fast Aid Urgent Care for patients without insurance or for people who carry insurance we don’t accept.