Do You Need to be Tested for School, Work or Travel?
Our location in El Cajon offers Covid-19 PCR Testing to the general public, click the link above to schedule an appointment today. We offer non-invasive saliva collection which is especially great for younger patients.
Results are typically reported on the next business day!
What are the symptoms?
Not everyone with COVID-19 develops symptoms. Among those with COVID-19, a wide range of symptoms have been reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with any of the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
- 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
How does the COVID-19 virus spread?
Person-to-person spread. Occurs through respiratory droplets produced when a person sneezes, coughs, or talks. It is believed to be the main way the COVID-19 virus is spreading – between people who are in close contact with one another (6 feet/2 meters or less for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period).
Airborne transmission of COVID-19. Also, may also be possible under certain conditions. There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away. These transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation. Sometimes the infected person was breathing heavily, for example while singing or exercising.
Contact with infected surfaces or objects. It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. This route of transmission is less common.
How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
There are two types of tests – diagnostic tests and antibody tests.
For the diagnostic test, there are two types of viral tests to determine if a person has a current or active infection:
- Molecular test(also known as a nucleic acid amplification (NAATs) test and
- Antigen tests
These diagnostic tests show if you have an active coronavirus infection.
Molecular tests (like PCR tests) and antigen tests are both diagnostic tests.
An antigen test may require a confirmatory molecular test depending on the result.
Antibody tests look for the antibodies your immune system produced in response to a past infection.
- These tests do not tell you when you had the infection, and therefore cannot be used to diagnose coronavirus.
- A positive antibody test also does not necessarily mean you can’t be infected.
- An antibody test (also known as a serology test) might tell you if you had a past infection.
- Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection.
For more information visit the CDC and FDA websites:
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1935 Cordell Ct, El Cajon, CA 92020
Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
For more info: Call (619) 660-6162