COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions
What are the primary symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain/aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
What should I do if I'm experiencing severe symptoms?
If you or a family member are experiencing severe symptoms, please call your doctor. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.
Am I required to show ID?
We prefer that you have an ID, however, if you don't have an ID with you, we can look you up in our system after you have completed your profile.
Is the test invasive?
No. We insert a nasal swab approximately 1 inch into each nostril, until some resistance is met. You may feel some pressure, but you should not feel any pain. We will collect your nasal sample.
Is the test accurate?
Rapid antigen tests are accurate for detecting SARS-Cov-2, and emerging data suggest rapid testing is helpful for detecting active infection in a timely fashion. Rapid antigen tests are approved by the FDA under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
When do I need to arrive for my appointment?
Please arrive at the scheduled time listed on your confirmation email.
How long will the test take?
The nasal swab should not take more than 5 minutes. Results will be available same-day.