Should I Go to an Urgent Care Clinic With Coronavirus Symptoms?
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads throughout the United States, many people are wondering where—and if—they should seek care for potential symptoms like cough, fever, and shortness of breath. There’s no one right answer to this question, as testing capabilities and current medical options may vary depending on where you live.
Urgent care clinics provide quick and convenient treatment for non-life-threatening health concerns, and some are now equipped to provide coronavirus testing—the first step of effective treatment and a crucial component in stopping the spread of disease. Some patients, on the other hand, may prefer to speak with their primary care physician about their symptoms over the phone. But no matter what you decide to do, here’s the bottom line: You should always call ahead and inform your healthcare provider of choice that you are experiencing potential coronavirus symptoms. This way, they can prepare for your visit or you can receive appropriate instructions that will help keep you, those around you, and medical workers safe. It’s also crucial to self-isolate until you know for sure what is causing your symptoms.
When to Seek Emergency Care
Some cases of coronavirus cause complications that warrant emergency care. If you have coronavirus or are a caretaker for someone who does, call 911 and inform them about the coronavirus risk if any of the following symptoms occur:
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent chest pain
- Bluish lips or face
- Sudden confusion
- Inability to awaken
Our Approach to Coronavirus Testing & Treatment
Fast Track Urgent Care in Silver Spring, Maryland, will provide drive-up coronavirus testing beginning May 11. If you believe that you may have coronavirus, you must first speak with one of our clinicians through our convenient telemedicine services. From there, our team will determine if you should visit us for testing, which will be performed outside of our clinic according to safety guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, we encourage all patients with potential coronavirus symptoms to stay at home and take advantage of our telemedicine (virtual visit) services.