Are you wondering what type of coronavirus test you need? There are two different types of tests for coronavirus: the COVID-19 test and the coronavirus antibodies test. The COVID-19 test helps determine if you are currently sick from COVID-19. In contrast, the antibodies test looks at the antibodies in your blood to see if you have been exposed to coronavirus or whether you have had COVID-19 previously. Learn more about the differences between these two coronavirus tests from your Sugar Land emergency clinic.
Have Symptoms of Coronavirus? Come to Our Emergency Room for COVID-19 Testing
If you currently have symptoms of COVID-19, you will need the COVID-19 test. For this test, you will need to visit our Sugar Land emergency room for testing and treatment. Before your test, your doctor will need to rule out other causes of your symptoms, such as the flu, sinus infections, or respiratory infections. For the COVID-19 test, we will culture the secretions at the back of your nose and throat to determine if you have COVID-19. To do so, we perform what we call a nasopharyngeal test, which is where we place a swab up your nasal passage and toward the back of your throat. Then, we send the sample to our laboratory for testing. Additionally, we’ll monitor your symptoms in our Sugar Land emergency clinic for complications of COVID-19.
Some of the symptoms you may experience if you are suffering from COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and believe you have COVID-19, come into the emergency room for testing and Sugar Land emergency care.
Think You Were Exposed to Coronavirus or Have Already Had COVID-19? Schedule an Antibodies Test at your Sugar Land Emergency Clinic
If you don’t currently have symptoms of COVID-19, but want to know if you’ve been exposed, you will need to take the antibodies test. We now offer coronavirus antibodies testing at our Sugar Land emergency clinic. The antibodies test is a simple blood test. Our laboratory will look at your blood sample to determine if you have coronavirus antibodies. These antibodies indicate you have been exposed to coronavirus or have already had COVID-19. However, unlike the COVID-19 test for symptomatic patients, you will need to schedule an appointment for the antibodies test instead of visiting our emergency room. To receive an antibodies test, call us at (877) 980-5227 to schedule an appointment
At St. Michael’s Elite Hospital, we are here for you during the coronavirus outbreak. We provide quality, efficient medical care to help you feel better as soon as possible. For emergencies or if you think you currently have COVID-19, please visit our emergency room for diagnosis and treatment. If you want an antibodies test and aren’t experiencing symptoms, call us today at (877) 980-5227 to set up an appointment for the coronavirus antibodies test. Our team is ready to help you any time, day or night.