Whether you get tested at home, with a DIY kit, or with an in-home service, a Covid-19 test can help slow the spread of the virus and protect those around you. You can find the closest testing center near you in Los Angeles here. In addition to community testing centers, you can also get a Covid-19 test at home. These kinds of services typically aren’t free, but there are a lot of advantages to in-home tests. Let’s talk about the benefits of at-home Covid-19 test LA .
Avoid potentially exposing yourself – or others – to the virus
At-home testing takes place – you guessed it – at your home. A registered nurse comes to your home for your appointment with all the necessary equipment in hand. There’s no need for you to venture out and potentially expose yourself to the virus if you aren’t sick – or accidentally spread it if you do have Covid-19.
It’s flu season
Just because Covid-19 is here doesn’t mean that the flu has taken the season off. This year, we’ve got a double-whammy of flu and Covid-19 season. You can avoid needless exposure to the flu with an at-home Covid-19 appointment.
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To complicate matters if you are sick, there are a lot of similarities in the symptoms of flu and Covid-19. The only way to know which you have is to get a Covid-19 test. You could go to a community center, but at-home tests are a far more convenient way to get tested. More than that, an in-home appointment is especially valuable when symptoms like fatigue and muscle aches leave you not wanting to get out of bed.
You need to get a test, but you’re busy
Even though many of us are working from home during the pandemic, it seems like life is busier than ever between work, kids, school, and other obligations. Who has time to wait in an hours-long line to get tested when there’s so much to do?
At-home Covid-19 testing can help save you time. A nurse comes to your home with all the equipment needed for your appointment. The test itself only takes a few minutes, and you will receive an over-the-phone consultation when your results are available.
The lines at testing centers are long
And we mean long. Consider the 500-car line reported at the Dodgers Stadium testing site last week. People who need tests often start lining up before sites open, and some people have to wait hours before they’re seen.
Even at LA’s new testing supersite, which opened earlier this week at Fernando Recreation Park in San Fernando, you can still expect a long wait. This site can test up to 3,000 people per day, so be prepared to be in line with thousands of other Angelans who want to get a Covid test.
You don’t have to deal with a DIY kit
DIY kits are one way to get tested without leaving your home, and many services will ship the kit directly to your door. You will need to administer the test yourself, package up your sample using the included instructions and packaging, and send it back to the laboratory. You’ll then wait for results, which typically return in about 3 days (rapid antigen tests, which give results in about 15 minutes, are not currently available for home use).
An at-home service such as Concierge MD LA, on the other hand, means you receive professional medical attention where you live. You don’t have to worry about administering the test yourself, nor wonder if you did it correctly. You also don’t have to worry about interpreting the results because you will receive professional medical guidance as to your next steps if you do test positive.
How do you know if you should get tested?
As mentioned, Covid-19 symptoms can mimic those of the flu. If you experience flu-like symptoms, it’s important to get tested so you can know for certain whether you have the flu or Covid-19. This symptom self-checker from the CDC can also help you determine if you should get tested.
The symptoms of COVID-19 include (but are not limited to):
Remember that some people can be asymptomatic even if they have an active infection of Covid-19. If you’ve come into contact with someone who has Covid-19, it’s better to err on the side of caution. It’s recommended that you self-quarantine, contact your doctor, and get tested as soon as possible.