It’s already 2022, and we bet that all of us in Florida are already wishing that COVID-19 was a distant memory.
Sadly, that’s not the case as of the moment, with the still numerous COVID cases in the USA.
That just means we shouldn’t let our guard down.
However, today’s world is filled with rapid emergences of new COVID variants and sicknesses. That makes it difficult to know what to do and what not to do when it comes to protecting ourselves and our loved ones via COVID testing.
But not to worry: that’s why we made this article.
Read on for some dos and don’ts of COVID-19 testing.
Do remember that the RT-PCR test is the most accurate one.
There are many different types of COVID-19 tests, such as the rapid test. However, the best one to get is still the RT-PCR test. It’s also the most expensive, but for good reason – it’s the most accurate.
You might have to wait for the results compared to a rapid test, but at least you’re sure that the result you get is correct.
Don’t rely on the result of a rapid antigen test.
So you might feel that waiting for the results of an RT-PCR is too long, so you decide to Google “rapid test near me.” Well, there’s nothing wrong with getting a rapid antigen test. You can buy one for use at the house, or get one administered at the nearest pharmacy or clinic.
If speed is your goal, then good news: you can get results in as little as 15 minutes.
The drawback of this test, though, is that it is not that accurate compared to an RT-PCR. So whatever result you get, you may want to have yourself tested again just to be sure, especially if you’re displaying symptoms and the test says you’re negative.
Do isolate yourself if you have symptoms.
According to the World Health Organization, COVID symptoms include the following:
- loss of taste or smell
Less common symptoms can consist of:
- sore throat
- aches and pains
- a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
- red or irritated eyes
And serious symptoms are:
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- loss of speech or mobility, or confusion
- chest pain
For serious symptoms, go to the hospital or talk to your doctor. However, if you have the other symptoms, and even if you haven’t gotten tested yet, isolate yourself from the people around you as soon as possible. Better be safe than sorry!
Don’t take colds or runny noses for granted.
When you get a cold, a persistent cough, or a sore throat, you’re likely to chalk it up to a normal occurrence, right? That’s especially if it feels like all the other times you’ve had that condition.
However, those symptoms can actually mean you do have COVID. Remember, there’s a new variant that is highly infectious, the omicron variant. So if you do feel any of these, again, be safe and get yourself tested for COVID.
Do get tested if you have COVID symptoms or were in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
If you find out from someone that you came in close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive, don’t delay. Get yourself tested at once. And that’s if even if you don’t have any symptoms.
You don’t want to not get yourself tested then find out you have it, right? And you also don’t want to be the one who infected your family and loved ones.
Plus, getting tested will help relieve you of your fears. It’s better for you to find out your COVID status instead of wondering if you do indeed have it.
Don’t be paranoid.
If you haven’t been in contact with a COVID positive person, and you haven’t been feeling any symptoms, don’t be paranoid and get yourself tested. You likely do not have it.
While getting tested is fine, you will find yourself shelling out money on a test, and delaying the test results of people who actually need it.
Do get tested if you plan to hang out with friends and family.
While people are starting to hold reunions and parties again, there’s no reason for you not to take the necessary precautions. That’s especially if you’re going to a party with seniors and people with comorbidities. You don’t want to be bringing the virus to them, right?
Try to get tested a few days before, then don’t leave the house, just to be sure you won’t get any infections before going to the party.
Don’t hide your positive test results.
If you test positive, it’s nothing to be ashamed about. It has happened to plenty of people. The important thing is that you get well and get past COVID.
With that said, do not hide your positive test results from your friends, your family, and your officemates. Instead, you should tell them about your situation, and why you won’t be seeing them for a while until you’re completely recovered.
And believe us, they will definitely understand. They might even send you care packages or presents to help you get through COVID.
Don’t go to the hospital immediately – do try recovering at home first.
If you test positive, we don’t recommend that you go to the hospital right away, especially if you don’t have the serious symptoms we mentioned above. Why?
Well, if you’re strong and you’re not feeling anything unusual aside from the symptoms, you can easily recover at home. The only time you really need to go to the hospital is if you have complications or you’re having a hard time breathing.
If you go to the hospital immediately, you might pick up more sicknesses since your immune system is being attacked. That might make your condition a lot worse than it should be.
Do get confirmation tests – don’t take inconclusive tests as negative.
Let’s say you do get an Orlando COVID test. Then the results come out as inconclusive. What do you do?
Well, the best thing to do is get another test. It may mean that the test administered to you wasn’t done properly. It could also mean that the test was a lemon or there was a production error in that particular test.
Whatever the reason for the inconclusive test, the last thing you should do is say that you aren’t positive for COVID. Always get another test if results are in doubt to be safe.
Choose AdventHealth if you need a COVID test in Orlando.
One last thing you have to remember is that just because you got a negative test result doesn’t mean you no longer have to be on guard. Remember, even if you got vaccinated, you can still get COVID all over again. It’s better to be safe and on guard always.
Are you Googling the “COVID test near me” right now?
Look no further than us at AdventHealth. We offer several ways to get a COVID-19 test, and also answer any questions or concerns you may have about the coronavirus.
Protect yourself and your loved ones. Schedule a COVID-19 test with us today!