COVID-19 (PCR) Test
Wearing a mask when sick may limit exposure to others and help prevent infected people from spreading COVID-19.
According to the CDC, the coronavirus is a large family of viruses that are typically found in people and animals. COVID-19 (also known as SARS-CoV-2) is a new disease, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. This disease causes mild to severe illnesses – similar to the common cold and the flu. Since the flu (influenza) and COVID-19 are both respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, it may be difficult to determine the difference between the two – requiring a PCR test to confirm a diagnosis.
What is a COVID-19 PCR test and what to expect?
A COVID-19 PCR test, authorized and approved by the FDA, is a molecular test that looks for an active infection in currently sick patients. It is the most accurate and reliable test available for detecting and diagnosing SARS-CoV-2, which is why it is considered the “gold standard” for testing. Samples are collected from the respiratory system to verify whether the infection is in fact present. The sample is taken using a swab, which resembles a long Q-Tip, to collect virus material found in your nose and may cause mild discomfort for 5 to 10 seconds. This viral test is recommended to diagnose both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.
Signs and Symptoms:
Patients with COVID-19 have experienced a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe illnesses. These symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after being directly exposed to someone with the virus. According to the CDC, these symptoms can include:
Why get tested for COVID-19 at ELH?
Stop the Spread with the PCR Test
The PCR test is a nasal throat swab that tells whether someone has an ‘active’ infection of COVID-19. At Eagles Landing Family Practice, we can detect the presence of an antigen, which is a good indicator of those who are currently infected. can confirm cases for those who are currently infected.
The More We Know, The Better
Directly detecting those who have a present infection of COVID-19, we’re able to isolate patients and help stop the spread of this virus – allowing us to better protect our community and those who are affected.
Social distancing and washing your hands may help decrease transmission of COVID-19.
Who should get a COVID-19 PCR test?
Our healthcare professionals and staff are working hard to ensure anyone who is in need of a test can get one, however, COVID-19 PCR tests are reserved only for those showing current symptoms and if the provider deems it necessary. These patients may include those at high risk of major complications with the most immediate need, patients who have current signs and symptoms, or those who have been directly exposed to someone who tested positive within the last two weeks. Per CDC’s guidelines, testing is not recommended if patients are not showing symptoms of the virus.
Since every person’s symptoms may vary from patient to patient, treatment is based on each individual’s symptoms and current chronic medical conditions. So, your ELH provider will determine which treatment option is best for you. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, or if you have tested positive and symptoms are worsening, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with your ELH provider.
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Clean facility and professional staff. All team members worked in a safe fashion with their PPE on at all times. I didn’t feel ignored or rushed when speaking with the doctor. I enjoyed it so much, and I will make this facility my primary care facility. I have already booked an appointment for a physical.
Kawamie V. | ELH Patient
Do I need an appointment for the COVID-19 PCR test?
Yes. Testing is by appointment only. To schedule, please call (770) 268-4011 or book online.
How do I follow up on my test results?
If you have not received your COVID-19 PCR test results within 5 days of being tested, please call our office at (770) 268-4011 to speak with a member of our staff.
What does a positive PCR test mean?
If you test positive for COVID-19, that means it is very likely that you have an active infection of the virus. Most people with an active infection experience mild to severe symptoms and can typically recover at home without any special medical care. However, if symptoms start to progress, you should contact your ELH provider immediately to discuss any questions or concerns. After testing positive, it’s important you follow-up with your provider about any precautions and medications that may be necessary, separate yourself from others, and stay home for 10 to 14 days.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive for COVID-19 and are actively contagious, you should self-quarantine for at least 10 days. Once you can go 72 hours without any symptoms, you are most likely no longer contagious.
What does a negative PCR test mean?
If you test negative for COVID-19, that means you probably did not have an active infection at the time you took your test. However, it is possible to be infected with the virus but not have enough fragments in your body to be detected by the test. This is possible if you have recently become infected but are not showing symptoms yet or if you have had COVID-19 for more than a week before being tested and were not aware.
What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been directly exposed to the virus, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with your ELH provider. For the safety of all the staff and the patients being treated, please do not show up unannounced at our office.