COVID-19 is a serious and evolving public health crisis affecting people across the globe. At TeleMDs based in San Jose, California, the board-certified medical providers offer convenient, virtual access to COVID-19 evaluations if you have symptoms or a known exposure to an infected person. The physicians work with local health care facilities throughout Northern California, including the Bay Area, San Francisco, and Sacramento, and they can refer you for a COVID-19 screening when necessary. If you have shortness of breath or other coronavirus-related symptoms, request a COVID-19 screening online or call TeleMDs today.
COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus, a highly infectious disease. Because of the contagious nature of this disease, COVID-19 is easily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when you speak, sneeze, or cough.
The current COVID-19 global pandemic poses a health risk to adults and children alike, especially those who have existing health issues that compromise their immune system.
For this reason, COVID-19 screenings are available at many health care facilities throughout the Bay Area, including hospitals, clinics, and urgent care facilities.
COVID-19 screenings are diagnostic tests that involve taking a swab of fluids from deep within your nasal cavity. Screenings are necessary to confirm a coronavirus infection when you experience related symptoms.
You may also need a COVID-19 screening to identify an infection even if you’re not having symptoms, for example, if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the disease.
Many people are asymptomatic even with an active infection and display no physical symptoms. While you may be asymptomatic, you can still easily spread the infection to others.
A COVID-19 screening can confirm or rule out an infection, so you can take the proper precautions to protect yourself and others based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
COVID-19 is a new disease that medical experts continue to study and monitor. There are many unknowns concerning the virus, and that includes symptoms. People are experiencing different reactions to COVID-19, from mild cold-like symptoms to life-threatening respiratory failure.
You should schedule an evaluation with the team at TeleMDs if you’ve been around a person with a confirmed coronavirus infection or if you experience symptoms that may indicate COVID-19, such as:
The providers at TeleMDs can refer you to a local health care facility for a swab test if they suspect you have coronavirus.
If you have COVID-19, the TeleMDs physicians provide guidance about isolating yourself at home away from others for at least 14 days and treating your symptoms at home.
You should wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, disinfect common surface areas often, and dispose of tissues and single-use face masks immediately after use.
Your TeleMDs provider can reconnect with you through virtual video chats to monitor your symptoms while you recover at home and ensure you have the support you need to care for yourself when you’re not feeling well.
In the event you’re experiencing serious symptoms, such as severe shortness of breath or chest pain, contact 911 or seek emergency medical care at the nearest hospital. Be sure to let health care workers know you may have COVID-19.
For more information about COVID-19 screening services, contact TeleMDs by phone or request an appointment online today.