AFC Urgent Care is now offering rapid COVID-19 testing at our West Springfield location seven days a week. Results are returned to patients the day of testing. Patients should wait between five and seven days after exposure to get tested to ensure an accurate result.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 has a set of symptoms that varies from case to case. While some patients have exhibited mild symptoms similar to a cold, other patients have experienced severe symptoms to none at all. However, patients are equally capable of spreading the virus regardless of severity of symptoms. After initial exposure to the virus, symptoms may develop in between two and fourteen days. Symptoms include:
- High fever (over 102 F)
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath and congestion
- Body aches
- Loss of smell and/or taste
How does the COVID-19 rapid test work?
Please wear a mask to AFC Urgent Care West Springfield when you arrive for your test and only lower it when asked. The rapid test requires your physician to take a swab of your upper nasal cavity to collect a tissue sample. Once the sample has been collected, it is brought to our on-site lab for analyzing and processing. The sample is mixed with a solution that breaks down only the COVID-19 virus if detected. By breaking apart the virus, the genome and genetic material that makes up COVID-10 is exposed, then reproduced in targeted molecules from your sample. This allows the test to detect the presence of the active COVID-19 virus in the sample, providing a diagnosis. The result is available on the device screen as well as printed. Your results will be available to you via a phone call or email the day you are tested.
Benefits of the Rapid Test
The rapid test takes less time than a standard PCR swab test, allowing patients to receive their results the day of testing. By getting the results quickly, patients will be able to know their status and whether or not they will need to inform those who have been around them in recent days to get tested. If your test comes back with a positive result, you should begin self-isolating immediately if you were not doing so before the test. If you come back with a negative result, you should take special care to follow local health recommendations and guidelines, including social distancing, avoiding unnecessary trips out of your home and wearing a mask or protective face covering over your nose and mouth when out in public.
COVID-19 Rapid Testing in Springfield & West Springfield, MA
If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or have been recently exhibiting symptoms of the novel coronavirus, visit AFC Urgent Care West Springfield for testing. Our center offers convenient walk-in hours seven days a week to make sure patients can visit for testing. For more information, please call 413-781-0100. Please note that testing is only being performed at AFC Urgent Care West Springfield.