The COVID-19 virus is a global pandemic. AFC Urgent Care Warrington is here to help with available resources, info, and guidance:
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
AFC Urgent Care Warrington provides COVID-19 Antibody Testing for patients to determine if their body is currently responding to a COVID-19 infection. Antibody tests can help patients determine if they have a limited immunity to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Swab Testing
Standard swab testing allows our providers to detect an active COVID-19 infection. COVID-19 tests use a swab to identify active infections through a sample taken in the nasal passages and/or throat. If you have questions, please contact our team.
AFC Urgent Care Warrington is here to help guide your healthcare and situational needs during the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 is one of the most dangerous global health crises in 2020, which is now flagged as a national health emergency in the United States. More than ever, patients must follow key prevention, treatment, and quarantine strategies from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local healthcare officials.
AFC Urgent Care Warrington is here to provide you with the best sources of information from federal, state, and local healthcare organizations. Misinformation from unverified social media sources can cause patients to panic or participate in ineffective prevention methods. Use the following modules and links to learn more!
Important Update: AFC Urgent Care Warrington does testing for the COVID-19 virus. Make sure you call our clinic in advance and determine your best treatment option. Wear a mask if you do plan to visit for testing or other healthcare needs.
A significant amount of patients don’t currently meet the clinical guidelines as a likely match for COVID-19. However, these patients can still be tested for seasonal illnesses. The common cold and flu have similar symptoms to COVID-19: Sneezing, coughing, and fever. The guidelines for COVID-19 testing include all of the following. If you meet all three guidelines, then visit an emergency room for care:
- Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control.
- Other symptomatic individuals such as, older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).
- Any persons including healthcare personnel, who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact with a suspect or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient, or who have a history of travel from affected geographic areas (see below) within 14 days of their symptom onset.
Please call the Department of Health state hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH(1-877-724-3258)
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Health provides the disaster distress hotline as a way to help patients keep calm and collected during a global pandemic. Operators on the line can help guide patients to manage their life during quarantine with questions related to healthcare, income, and next steps for preparation.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Coronavirus:
Coronavirus is a type of virus that impacts a patient’s upper respiratory system. Public health officials and the Centers for disease control name the strain detected in Wuhan, China as “2019-nCoV.” According to the CDC, coronaviruses are “a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with 2019-nCoV.”
A coronavirus is a special virus that spreads within a certain species of animal, which can cause significant respiratory trouble and incredibly harmful results within the same species. nCoV-2019 is an especially rare case of a coronavirus spreading from a foreign animal species to humans.
Symptoms of the cornoavirus begin as any onset acute illness with coughing, sneezing, sinus pain, and congestion. However, patients with the virus soon develop extreme difficulty breathing and fatal respiratory symptoms.
In the United States, there are over 2 million cases being investigated by public health organizations as of July 2020. States including Pennsylvania have experienced a surge in cases during July 2020 with cases expected to rise.
Other parts of the country have seen some declines in COVID-19 cases, but on a national scale cases are likely to grow.
Public health officials want to make it clear to patients that routine hygiene and general disease prevention are crucial to lowering your risk of getting a coronavirus infection. The CDC outlined the key prevention methods which are similar to avoiding a case of the flu or common cold. Here are a few more specific prevention strategies for patients:
“As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
- Practice social distancing to avoid the spread whenever you have to leave your household.
If patients have any other questions about coronavirus prevention, then please call a local healthcare provider to learn the facts about coronavirus and disease safety!