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COVID-19 Testing Specialist

Clinica San Miguel

Family Medicine located in Dallas, Houston, Arlington, Fresno, & Pasadena, TX

COVID-19 testing is an essential step in preventing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. At Clinica San Miguel, which has 11 locations throughout Texas, including three in Dallas, five in Houston, and one in Fresno, Arlington, and Pasadena, the family medicine specialists offer fast, accurate COVID-19 testing to help you make informed decisions about your health. The earlier you know whether you have the virus, the sooner you can take the appropriate next steps. Call Clinica San Miguel today or book an appointment online to learn more.

COVID-19 Testing Q & A

What is COVID-19 testing?

COVID-19 is a potentially serious infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Testing for COVID-19 detects the presence of the virus or the antibodies that develop once you build up immunity to it. Antibodies can also develop after you receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

Are there different types of COVID-19 testing?

Viral tests detect the presence of COVID-19 in the saliva. There are currently two types of viral tests available: 

Laboratory tests

Laboratory testing is the most accurate way to detect the presence of COVID-19. These tests include reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs).

During this test, the team at Clinica San Miguel takes a saliva sample from your mouth or a deep nasal swab inside your nose and sends it to the lab. Results are typically available within 1-2 days. 

Rapid tests

Rapid tests include antigen and some types of NAATs. After the team collects your saliva sample, results are typically available within one day.

Antibody testing, or serology testing, detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in your blood. Your immune system creates antibodies to fight infection. By searching for antibodies, this test can indicate past infection.

When do I need COVID-19 testing?

You should visit Clinica San Miguel for a COVID-19 test if you’ve recently come into contact with an infected individual. It’s also important to seek testing when you’re showing signs of infection yourself. 

Many individuals are required to show proof of a negative test before certain events, such as work functions, sporting events, or air travel.

How do I know if I need COVID-19 testing?

Investigating the signs of COVID-19 is essential to determine whether you have the infection. Common COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Lost sense of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing

Without treatment, COVID-19 symptoms can worsen. The earlier you seek testing, the more likely you are to recover without complications.

Why is COVID-19 testing important?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there have been more than 50 million cases of COVID-19 just in the United States. That number only grows without prompt, accurate testing. 

By seeking COVID-19 testing as soon as you develop symptoms or come in contact with an infected individual, you can take the appropriate precautions to prevent the spread.

To learn more about COVID-19 testing, call Clinica San Miguel or schedule an appointment online today.