Who Is at Risk for coronavirus?

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At University Urgent Care, we offer quick access to medical professionals for the treatment of mild illnesses or minor injuries. Our urgent care facility in Fort Worth, TX offers patients of all ages COVID-19 testing. Our board-certified doctors work hard to maintain the best possible cleanliness in our facility. This ensures that our patients and staff stay as healthy as possible. We follow all CDC guidelines at our urgent care clinic, so you have peace of mind when you need to visit us.

University Urgent Care serves the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhood areas in Fort Worth TX. We also offer telemedicine, enabling patients to speak with a knowledgable member of our team through an online consultation from the comfort of their home.

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that is spread through droplets in the air from someone infected. These droplets can enter the mouth, nose, or eyes to infect others. Our diagnostic testing is performed on individuals with coronavirus symptoms or who have been exposed to someone who was recently diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Coronavirus risk factors

People of all ages can get coronavirus. So, who is most at risk for coronavirus? Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to become severely ill. The World Health Organization advises everyone to take extensive steps to protect themselves from the virus by wearing face coverings and using proper hand hygiene. They estimate that about 80% of people who develop the virus will have a mild illness that can be managed at home.

However, the other 20% who have coronavirus are individuals with compromised immune systems and a variety of pre-existing medical conditions that may affect their ability to fight off the virus effectively. These medical conditions include:

  • Asthma

  • Cancer

  • Cardiomyopathy

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  • Coronary artery disease

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Dementia

  • Heart failure

  • High blood pressure

  • Liver disease

  • Lung disease

  • Obesity

  • Pregnancy

  • Pulmonary fibrosis

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Thalassemia

  • Type I and II diabetes

Any individual experiencing coronavirus symptoms should get tested right away. Those with pre-existing medical conditions and/or immunocompromised systems should quickly seek medical care.

What are some common coronavirus symptoms?

While many people who are infected with coronavirus can have several different symptoms, some individuals don’t have any. Common symptoms of coronavirus can include:

  • Coughing

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Sore throat

  • Fever and/or chills

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Sudden loss of taste or smell

When you’re experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus, you should be tested at our Fort Worth, TX urgent care center.

Test for coronavirus in Fort Worth, TX

There are two types of diagnostic tests we use for coronavirus testing in Fort Worth, TX:

  1. Viral testing: The viral test can detect an existing infection. It uses a nasal swab that is placed into the nostril to collect secretions from the back of the nose or upper throat area. The virus can be detected two to three days after exposure. Most patients receive their results in three to five days.

  2. Antibody testing: Antibody testing determines if someone had coronavirus previously, based on antibodies found in their blood. We will take a sample to look for immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG). The presence of these antibodies will inform us if your body has fought off coronavirus and if you are a carrier of COVID-19. This test isn’t able to detect antibodies until at least ten days after exposure. You can expect results within two to four days. Most major insurance providers will cover this test for free.

At University Urgent Care, we perform coronavirus testing to all patients. After visiting our urgent care center, you won’t have to return for your results as one of our staff members will call you with them. We recommend that anyone who has been tested at our facility self-quarantines until they receive a negative result.

Coronavirus prevention tips

There are some preventive measures that can be taken to reduce your chances of catching coronavirus, including:

  • Proper hand hygiene: Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds can reduce your risk of catching coronavirus.

  • Using hand sanitizer: When you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to remove germs effectively. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them until they are dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth: This is where the virus can enter the body, so refrain from touching your face.

  • Avoid close contact with others: Practice social distancing of at least six feet.

  • Wear face coverings: Wearing a cloth face covering is important, regardless of whether or not you’re sick. Never put a mask on anyone under the age of two or who has trouble breathing.

Get tested for coronavirus at our Fort Worth, TX urgent care center

At University Care Center in Fort Worth, TX, we offer comprehensive coronavirus testing. Conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX, University Urgent Care serves the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhood areas. Visit our urgent care facility today for viral and antibody coronavirus testing.

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