COVID-19 unexpectedly greeted us all back in 2020. Sadly, as much as we would want it to be over, this infectious disease is still making its presence felt even this 2022. And as much as it would be great to not require an Orlando COVID test anytime you feel something is wrong, there’s no helping it. For the health and safety of yourself, your loved ones, and the people around you, if you feel like you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must go to a COVID test site and find out if you do have COVID-19.
If this will be your first time to get tested, or you’re simply curious about what happens in a COVID-19 test, read on as we talk about what you need to know when it comes to a COVID test in Orlando.
When should you get tested?
There are two reasons to get tested. One, you were exposed to someone you found out was positive with COVID-19. Two, you’re experiencing symptoms.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the Center for Disease Control, COVID-19 has a wide range of symptoms reported. These include any of the following:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
These symptoms may appear between two to fourteen days after exposure to the virus and can range from mild to severe.
As new discoveries about COVID-19 are currently appearing, new symptoms may appear on the CDC’s list in the future.
How do you find out if you have the disease?
Sadly, as of now, there is no other way possible to find out if you have the disease other than to test you for it, especially since coronavirus symptoms are very similar to flu and other sicknesses.
What are the possible tests that can be done?
Two tests are common: the rapid antigen test and the RT-PCR test. Saliva tests are also available, but the two tests mentioned are still the ones being used.
How accurate are these tests?
Before you go and search on Google for “rapid test near me”, you should know that rapid tests are less accurate than RT-PCR tests. If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, it is more likely that the rapid test is correct if it shows you are positive. The accuracy goes down if you are tested using a rapid test but you have no symptoms. There’s even a chance of you getting a false positive, meaning the test will show that you have it, even if you don’t.
While they are less accurate, they are still used because they provide results within minutes, are more portable and less expensive, and don’t require specialists or labs.
The gold standard for accuracy is still the RT-PCR test. It is not unheard of for people to test positive on the rapid tests to get tested again with an RT-PCR test, just to be sure.
I am vaccinated – do I still need to be tested?
While studies are looking good when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccines, it’s still possible to get infected. If you are experiencing symptoms, the safest way to know if you are positive or not is to get tested.
Besides, while the vaccine will help reduce the risk of you getting seriously ill, not counting your immediate family, you don’t know if the people around you have been vaccinated or not. They might get infected if you’re carrying the virus.
Should I go to the emergency room for COVID-19 testing?
We don’t recommend this, unless of course you or your loved are already experiencing shortness of breath or chest pains. You want to avoid the spread of the coronavirus in any way that you can. You also want to avoid getting infected in the hospital.
If you still want to be tested, the best way is to schedule an appointment online.
Is there a COVID test near me in Orlando?
Yes. In fact, to meet your testing needs and for your peace of mind, we offer several very safe and very convenient ways to get yourself tested for COVID.
Testing at Centra Care
If you go to AdventHealth Centra Care for a test – whether if you have symptoms or not – one of our health care providers, such as a physician or nurse practitioner, will give you an antigen test or a PCR test. In case you are experiencing symptoms upon your visit, our provider may also suggest treatment options.
COVID-19 evaluation, testing, and even treatment is available seven days a week at all Centra Care locations. Antigen test results will be available in 15 minutes after the sample has been collected. PCR testing results, on the other hand, will be available within 2 to 3 days.
Make sure to reserve your spot in line before going to the location.
Testing at Primary Care+
Like Centra Care, Primary Care+ is open 7 days a week, and also has extended hours. If you are an existing Primary Care+ patient, you can walk in, schedule online or call a preferred location to get a same-day COVID-19 test.
On the other hand, if you are a new patient, you can receive a rapid test as part of a scheduled new-patient appointment.
Speaking of locations, choose from any of our branches at your convenience: Winter Garden, Waterford Lakes, Clermont, and Sanford, which will open in Spring 2022.
Home Testing with DispatchHealth
If you feel like your safety will be compromised, if you go out, we recommend that you get the services of DispatchHealth, which is available seven days a week. The service costs the same as an urgent care visit, and the house call team arrives at your doorstep to test and treat your COVID-19 symptoms.
DispatchHealth will give you either an RT-PCR test or a laterfal flow antigen test. The type of test will be at the discretion of the provider.
Do take note that DispatchHeatlh currently does not do COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic patients.
Schedule an Online Doctor Video Visit With the AdventHealth App
As the danger of COVID-19 infection continues to loom over all of us, rest assured that we at AdventHealth are dedicated to keeping you safe. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID or any other illness, it is best to schedule an online consultation through the AdventHealth app. You’ll be able to talk to a health provider in real time. They will ask you questions to find out if you need to get a test, as well as if you have other medical needs. Remember, don’t go to your hospital so that you don’t get infected nor spread the virus to other people. Avoid visits at all costs unless it’s an emergency.
And with the AdventHealth app, you can also schedule other appointments, get in touch with your care team, and even access your health records and that of your family.
Download the app today from the Apple App Store or from Google Play to make sure that your medical needs will be met as quickly as possible.