Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Services Available in the Tomball, TX, Area
In the U.S., COVID-19 cases are on the rise, and widely available testing services are essential for two key reasons: to help keep people safe and to help experts monitor infection rates so they can better respond to the disease.
There are two main types of COVID-19 testing: viral tests, which can help diagnose a current infection, and antibody tests, which can identify a previous infection. Medella Urgent Care is proud to offer both types of COVID-19 testing at our clinics near Tomball, Texas. If you are interested in being tested, we ask that you contact us before coming in so we can prescreen you remotely. Following your virtual health evaluation, we may suggest:
A Viral Test
COVID-19 viral (genetic or antigen) testing, which involves a relatively simple nasal swab, may be appropriate if you think you were recently exposed to the virus—even if you feel fine—or if you have symptoms such as:
- Mild fever
- A persistent, dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- An unusual loss of taste or smell
It’s important to remember that a COVID-19 viral test can only detect an active infection. If you think you may have contracted the virus in the past and have since recovered, an antibody test may be a better option for you.
An Antibody Test
COVID-19 antibody testing, which involves a blood draw, may be appropriate if you think could have been previously infected—even if you didn’t become ill. By analyzing a sample of your blood in a lab, we can determine whether your body’s immune system has produced antibodies to fight off the virus that causes COVID-19.
At Medella Urgent Care, we understand that many people are apprehensive about visiting a medical facility during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want you to know that we are doing everything possible to keep our patients safe and healthy. Whether you need COVID-19 testing or urgent care for another illness or injury, you can feel confident that you are in the best of hands. For more information, contact or visit one of our walk-in clinics near Tomball, TX, today.