More than a year since the start of its onslaught, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend lives and economies the world over, and there is still no cure-all, foolproof solution in sight.
Even with the implementation of mass vaccination programs in the United States, COVID testing remains a key element in mitigation strategies. That is why here at Texas Medical Institute, we offer drive-up COVID-19 testing with telehealth visits. This is part of our unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive healthcare services for the residents of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas and all of their neighboring places.
If you’ve heard about COVID testing time and again but never had one and still not sure about when you should have it and how it’s done, read on to get a basic understanding of this life-saving tool.
When to Get Tested
If you are in any of the following circumstances, schedule a drive-up testing with us as soon as possible:
- You are due for an in- or outpatient procedure, as ordered by your physician.
- You suspect you may have been exposed to the virus.
- You have confirmed exposure to the virus.
- You have active COVID symptoms (e.g., dry cough, fatigue, fever, body aches, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, and headache)
The median incubation time for COVID is uncertain. However, it makes sense to wait at least five days before testing to ensure the virus has reached detectable levels.
Additionally, you should be retested if you believe you have been exposed or have active symptoms, no matter the severity, after you’ve been vaccinated. COVID-19 testing helps you ascertain whether these symptoms are indeed those of the disease, take appropriate strategies to prevent its spread, and receive prompt treatment to minimize your risk of developing life-threatening complications.
How Is COVID Testing Done?
Call the clinic to set up a telemedicine visit. After reviewing your case, including any symptoms and possible exposure to COVID-19, your provider will arrange for drive-up testing at our location.
COVID testing involves a simple and quick nasal swab. This swab samples the secretions in the nasal mucosa (soft tissue in the nose). The secretions can show either antibodies or active COVID virus. Swabs touch the anterior, or front, of the nasal passages or further back in the middle turbinate area.
At Texas Medical Institute, our dedicated providers and entire team stand in the fight against COVID-19, and we will do everything necessary to help the community tackle what is the greatest public health threat of this generation. Our drive-up COVID-19 testing and telemedicine services are part of our best efforts to ensure the health, safety, and peace of mind of all of our patients.
To arrange a virtual visit and/or test, reach out to us at (817) 615-8633, or request your appointment online.