2020 Coronavirus Outbreak – How Does It Affect Narberth, PA?
Recent news reports suggest the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global health concern.
Can I get a COVID-19 Test?
Yes, AFC Urgent Care Narberth has COVID-19 Tests and Antibody tests available at our clinic. Please start by making a Telemed Appointment.
Can I walk-in and get a COVID-19 Test?
No, all COVID-19 related tests must be by appointment only through our telemed service.
Do you offer Rapid COVID-19 testing?
Yes we do offer Rapid COVID-19 Testing. We expect same day results from rapid testing, although delays are still possible. Please call for details.
How long does it take for me to receive my test results?
The Lab processes our COVID-19 Tests, and the rate they return results to us can change daily. When you receive your testing, our provider will do their best to give you an estimation on when to expect results. However, we can make no guarantees at this time of when exactly your results will return.
How much is a COVID-19 test?
At this time, most insurance companies are covering all COVID-19 related testing. We suggest checking with your current carrier to learn about your benefits regarding COVID-19 testing.
Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor to get a COVID-19 test?
You do not need a referral for COVID-19 testing at this time. You must, however, begin the process with a Telemed Appointment with one of our providers.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are asymptomatic but have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please call the office at 610-518-1060 before coming to our center!
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Can I be tested for a COVID-19 infection at AFC Urgent Care Narberth?
You can be tested for a COVID-19 infection at our urgent care center in Narberth, PA. You can receive an antibody test as well. Both tests begin with a telemedicine visit from the comfort of your home. During this session, ou provider will talk with you about which test is best for you. After this session, you will be scheduled to come to our clinic at an assigned sample collection time. For our patients and staff’s safety, no possible COVID-19 positive patients are being seen inside of our clinic at this time. One of our providers or staff members will come out to your care for sample collection for a COVID-19 test. Antibody testing, which requires a blood draw, will occur inside our facility.
I heard Governor Wolf closed all businesses in Pennsylvania, is your urgent care center open? Are you accepting COVID-19 patients?
We are an urgent care center and deemed to be essential and will remain open unless ordered to close. You are welcome to walk-in for care or make an appointment online, except if you believe you may have a COVID-19 infection. If you think you have a COVID-19 infection, please call to arrange for a telemedicine appointment.
Are there any confirmed cases in Narberth, PA?
There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community and throughout the area.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus? How long do they take to appear?
This coronavirus shares many symptoms of the flu, a common cold, or a regular upper respiratory infection. According to the CDC, current COVID-19 symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Seek immediate medical care the following symptoms develop:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
This coronavirus, however, can develop severe complications, including:
- Fever of over 100.4F
While it isn’t known for sure how long symptoms take to appear, doctors agree they generally appear within two to fourteen days after exposure. Some information indicates that some infected might not even show any signs, but still may be contagious.
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
There is no current vaccine for COVID-19. Your flu shot this year, although still recommended, will offer no protection from COVID-19. It is unknown when a vaccine will be ready.
How does someone become infected from COVID-19?
This virus originated from an animal that remains unidentified. However, one can become infected by a person to person transmission. This virus is quite contagious.
I don’t feel well, and I have some of these symptoms. Am I infected? What are the risk factors for the COVID-19 coronavirus?
While community infections are becoming more common, there are still quite a few other things out there that could be causing your symptoms. These illnesses include flu and upper respiratory infections. Your illness may not be related to COVID-19 at all. The main symptoms we see in many cases include:
- A dry cough that produces no phlegm or mucus
- A fever
- Loss of taste and smell
If you display the symptoms above, do not visit AFC Urgent Care Narberth without first calling. Speak with our staff about your symptoms, concerns, and if you are at risk for COVID-19. Please call so we can provide guidance.
How can I prevent an infection from COVID-19?
The guidelines for preventing the flu can be used to protect you from the COVID-19. These guidelines are:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching surfaces and then your face
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
- Cover your nose and mouth if you feel sick
- Where a surgical mask or a face mask while traveling in public.
For additional protection
- Avoid live animal markets
- Cook food thoroughly
- Wear a surgical mask & eye protection at all times.
Can I receive an antibody test at AFC Urgent Care Narberth?
Yes! An antibody test is available at our urgent care center.
Does an antibody test (also known as serology) tell me that I am currently suffering from COVID-19?
Serology testing is not intended as a diagnostic test for patients who are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Serology testing should be used only for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and have been confirmed by a physician to have recovered. It may also be used in instances when an individual thinks they might have had COVID-19 in the past and needs confirmation. In either case, the serology test is only for people who are well and/or recovered.
If my serology test says I have COVID-19 antibodies, does that mean I am immune?
Serology testing should not be used as the sole basis for diagnosis nor assurance of immunity. There have been cases where a person is known to have antibodies and becomes re-infected. Viruses can mutate; COVID virus is a common cold virus, so it is possible to become sick again even if you are tested and have antibodies.
How long after I am infected with COVID-19 should I expect my body to produce antibodies?
Early published literature suggests that an antibody response may be detected in about 30% of patients 4 days after onset of symptoms, in 75% of patients by 8-10 days. The longer you wait after your illness, the more likely you will be to have the antibodies tested by the IgG test we are currently offering.
Why would I want to be tested for Antibodies?
The most likely use of this test is to investigate:
- Whether the person has been exposed to the virus in the past and has developed antibodies.
- Investigating who has been in contact with the virus,
- Exposure studies for a population,
- Helping assess if an individual with recent symptoms suggesting COVID-19, but who did not undergo diagnostic or who was tested but whose results were negative
If my serology test comes back positive for having antibodies, does that mean I am currently infected with COVID-19?
There are antibody tests that can identify an active virus. We are currently not testing for those antibodies. We are testing for long term antibodies, IgG, which is why you need to wait until after you are asymptomatic to get this test. Furthermore, antibody testing results should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude COVID-19 infection or to inform infection status.
What does a positive/negative result mean?
A positive serologic result indicates that an individual has likely produced an immune response to the COVID-19 virus. A negative serologic result suggests that an individual has not developed detectable antibodies at the time of testing.
While contingent on various factors, a negative result could be due to testing too early in the course of infection, the absence of exposure to the virus, or the lack of an adequate immune response, which can be due to conditions or treatments that suppress immune function. Confirmation of infection with COVID-19 must be made through a combination of clinical evaluation and other applicable tests.
If I have COVID-19 antibodies, can I give plasma to help other COVID-19 patients?
Yes, plasma treatment from those with COVID-19 antibodies has proven effective in the fight against this pandemic. You can help by donating plasma to help treat those currently suffering from COVID-19.
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