COVID-19 ServicesMEDIQ Urgent Care is here for you.
COVID-19 is a new virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. It belongs to the same family of virus as the common cold, SARS and MERS. However, it seems to be more contagious than these related coronaviruses. According to current evidence, COVID-19 virus primarily spreads through airborne respiratory droplets, close contact, and contaminated surfaces.
Reported cases of COVID-19 range from mild illness to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. Older adults and immunosuppressed persons are at higher risk of complications. Some carriers experience no symptoms at all.
There is not a treatment for COVID-19, other than supportive care. Medical teams and researchers around the globe are working tirelessly to develop a vaccine and treatments. However, a vaccine likely won’t be available for another year. Until then, we will need to utilize wide-spread testing, quarantines, and social distancing to minimize the number of people who contract the disease.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
We understand it’s a challenging time, as we all deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. MEDIQ Urgent Care has put protocols in place to protect our employees, our patients and our community:
- We constantly sanitize our clinics by wiping down chairs, countertops, beds, door handles, etc.
- All staff wear face masks and gloves, as well as adhere to our strict hand washing policy
- We perform daily health checks on our staff
- All patients receive gloves and a mask upon entry
- We have acquired the FDA recommended KN95 masks and are giving them to our patients and their families at our cost
- Any patient that is suspected of Covid-19 is asked to stay in their car and if they need to come in, they are escorted directly to a designated Covid-19 room
Your safety is our top priority! We want our patients to feel comfortable and safe coming in to MEDIQ Urgent Care for any and all Illnesses and Injuries.
Now offering COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, NC
Antibody blood tests, also called serologic tests, check for the presence of antibodies to coronavirus in the blood. We use this test to detect a past infection. If you are exposed to a coronavirus, your immune system will respond by producing immunoglobulins (IgM and IgG) to fight the infection. The level of IgM antibody begins to rise 1 week after the initial infection, while the rise in IgG usually appears after 14 days. Elevated IgG levels can last for 6 months or even several years. By testing for the presence of these antibodies, we are able to determine if a patient was previously infected by the coronavirus. The test does not diagnose an active infection, nor does it identify if you are protected from reinfection. At this time, it is unclear if the presence of antibodies indicates immunity.
If you have not experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in at least 14 days, you may be eligible for an antibody test. The COVID-19 antibody test is a simple blood draw. We then send the sample to a lab, and will have results within a few days. Reserve a spot at the MEDIQ clinic nearest you, or schedule a Video Visit as a first step!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is handwashing important to prevent COVID-19?
Washing hands for 20+ seconds with soap and clean water is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. This is because the disease can live on surfaces for hours or days. If you touch a contaminated surface, you can infect yourself and/or spread the virus to other surfaces.
Can I use hand sanitizer in place of soap and water?
Should I wear a face mask when I go out in public?
The CDC does recommend that you wear a cloth face covering in public settings. Wearing a mask or other covering provides a degree of protection to help you avoid infection, and also helps make sure you do not spread the disease. This is especially important because the disease can be spread by people who are not experiencing any symptoms.
How do I sanitize the mail?
After receiving a delivery or collecting your mail, the CDC recommends washing with soap or using hand sanitizer. Specifically, they say:
- After receiving your delivery or bringing home your takeout food, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- After collecting mail from a post office or home mailbox, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Why is Flattening the Curve Important?
By flattening the curve, we slow the rate at which people are exposed to COVID-19. This is important because the disease has the ability to spread very fast, overwhelming hospitals and other resources. By taking steps to slow things down, we give our systems the best chance possible to provide the treatment and care that will be needed.
What treatments are available for COVID-19?
There are currently no treatments available to directly combat COVID-19, although there are ways to treat many of the symptoms. Over-the-counter pain relievers, cough syrup, along with plenty of rest and fluids may be all you need for a mild case. More severe cases may involve hospitalizations and require the use of respirators or other life-saving treatments.
Can I take ibuprofen if I think I have COVID-19?
You may have heard that taking ibuprofen is not advised for patients who have, or may have, COVID-19. This was reported in mid-March based on a report that stemmed from a post on Twitter by the French Health Minister. After doctors and scientists from the WHO and CDC weighed in, it became clear that there is no compelling evidence that connects ibuprofen with worsening symptoms from COVID-19, or any other related complications.