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COVID-19 Testing

Urgent Care, Telemedicine & Primary Care Practice located in El Centro, Brawley, Calimesa and Calexico, CA
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COVID-19 Testing services offered in El Centro, Brawley, Calimesa and Calexico, CA

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, an illness that can cause severe symptoms in some people, getting tested for the condition is vital. At All Valley Urgent Care in Brawley and El Centro, California, compassionate physicians Luis E. Verduzco, MD, Brian Tyson, MD, and the other team offer effective COVID-19 testing and treatment to help you feel better and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Call the office, book an appointment online, or simply walk into the office today.

COVID-19 Testing Q&A

What is COVID-19 testing?

COVID-19 is a flu-like virus that spreads from person to person via water droplets in the air or shared surfaces. While some people experience mild symptoms, others develop severe or life-threatening symptoms without treatment. 

COVID-19 testing uses a tissue swab, saliva test, or blood test to determine if you’re infected with COVID-19 or previously had and recovered from the virus and possess protective antibodies.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Coughing 
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Chills
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain 
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When left untreated, COVID-19 symptoms may worsen and cause severe difficulty breathing or other life-threatening problems, especially in older adults or people with weakened immune systems. 

Is COVID-19 testing right for me?

You might choose COVID-19 testing if you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or you have symptoms of the virus. You might require COVID-19 testing if you’re traveling or for your job. Such testing can determine possible causes of your symptoms and if you need to avoid close contact with other people.

What should I expect during COVID-19 testing?

Your urgent care specialist may recommend a nasal or throat swab, saliva test, or blood test to determine if you’re infected with COVID-19 or have protective antibodies to the virus, reducing the risk of contracting it again or developing severe symptoms.

COVID-19 testing is simple, fast, and virtually painless, yet it offers highly effective results. You might receive the results soon after testing, later the same day, or after a day or two. Your urgent care provider reviews the results with you.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, it’s important to take care of yourself to reduce the risk of complications. Get plenty of rest, eat nutritious foods, drink plenty of fluids, and take medications to ease symptoms as directed by your specialist. Avoid close contact with other people to reduce the chance of spreading the COVID-19 virus. 

If your symptoms worsen, contact the All Valley Urgent Care office to determine if you need additional treatments, such as intravenous (IV) treatments, breathing treatments, or hospital care.

To schedule COVID-19 testing at All Valley Urgent Care, schedule an appointment by phone or online, or simply walk in today.