How to Know if You Need a COVID-19 Rapid Test and What to Expect

COVID-19 Rapid

If you are experiencing any symptoms that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified for COVID-19, then you need to get tested at your local urgent care.

Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 can have mild to severe symptoms and they can appear up to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue
  • Recent loss of taste or smell

Drive-up and walk-up COVID-19 rapid testing is available at Coastal Urgent Care of Thibodaux 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. You can check in on our website and reserve your spot in line.

What is a COVID-19 rapid test?

Rapid antigen tests can return results showing whether the patient is infected with acute COVID-19 on the same day, as opposed to the 3-5 day estimated wait for most nasal swab tests. A medical assistant or health care provider will swab the back of the throat or nasal cavity for approximately 15 seconds to gather a saliva or mucus sample. This sample will then be tested in a laboratory.

The COVID-19 rapid test only confirms whether the virus is currently present. It does not test for antibodies, which would indicate a person has been previously infected. It isn’t a test to identify whether other viruses are present, including other seasonal coronaviruses.

Coastal Urgent Care of Thibodaux uses the Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA) for the rapid COVID-19 test. This is a state-of-the-art technology to detect nucleocapsid proteins indicating the presence of SARS-CoV-2, which is the disease that causes COVID-19.

If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19, visit your local urgent care to get a COVID-19 rapid test. Our physicians and medical assistants are available between 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mon-Fri for drive-by or walk-in COVID-19 rapid testing.