I Have Cold-Like Symptoms. Should I Get Tested For COVID-19?

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At University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX, we offer our patients treatment for minor injuries and mild illnesses, such as the common cold. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we also provide COVID-19 testing. Our board-certified doctors at our urgent care center work hard to maintain the best possible cleanliness to help keep our patients and staff safe and healthy. We closely follow all CDC guidelines.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to learn more about the virus, how it spreads, and its effect on people, our team continues to follow up-to-date safety protocols. Our diagnostic testing is for anyone exhibiting cold-like symptoms that are similar to coronavirus symptoms, or for those who haven’t been able to be tested after exposure. Our Fort Worth, TX urgent care center serves the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods.

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus spread through droplets in the air from someone who is infected. These droplets can enter your eyes, nose, or mouth to infect you. At University Urgent Care, we offer diagnostic testing for patients in Fort Worth, TX who may be experiencing coronavirus symptoms or who may have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed recently.

What are some cold-like symptoms similar to coronavirus?

Some people infected with coronavirus experience a variety of symptoms that may mimic the common cold. Others may not experience any symptoms. Symptoms of coronavirus that are also symptoms of the common cold include:

  • Coughing

  • Headaches

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Sore throat

  • Chills

  • Fever

When you’re experiencing cold-like symptoms that are similar to the coronavirus, you should be tested as soon as possible at our urgent care facility.

Covid-19 testing in Fort Worth, TX

There are two diagnostic tests used for coronavirus testing in Fort Worth, TX:

  1. Viral testing: The viral test detects an existing infection. We use nasal swab testing for patients with potential active infections. A soft-tipped swab is inserted into a nostril to collect a sample from the back of your nose or upper throat. This test is best for someone who is currently infected and who may be contagious. The virus can be detected 2 – 3 days after someone is exposed. A negative result means that the virus wasn’t found in your sample at the time that you were tested.

  2. Antibody testing: Antibody testing determines if someone had coronavirus previously based on the antibodies in their blood. We will take a sample of your blood to look for immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies. The presence of either tells us if your body has fought off coronavirus and if you are a carrier. This test cannot detect antibodies until at least ten days after you were exposed. Most major insurance companies will pay for this testing.

After your testing at University Urgent Care, you won’t have to return for your results as our staff will call and share them with you. We recommend our patients self-quarantine until they receive their results.

Get tested for COVID-19 at our college urgent care center

At University Urgent Care, we offer diagnostic testing for COVID-19 to those experiencing cold-like symptoms. We work hard to ensure our facility remains as clean as possible to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX, University Urgent Care serves the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods. We also offer telehealth appointments to treat patients from their homes. This helps protect them from exposure to coronavirus when their immune system may be weak.

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