Affordacare Covid-19 Education and Knowledge Base

If you are suffering from any flu-like symptoms or are having difficulty breathing, come in and get tested. Don’t wait! Results available in 15 minutes.

COVID-19, or coronavirus, is a group of novel viruses that can cause sickness in humans and animals. The symptoms it induces are flu-like in nature, but can be more serious and potentially life-threatening. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat 
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fever

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms do not hesitate to come in for a screening test. We have the capacity to conduct quick testing and get results on the same day. Tests include rapid Covid-19 (results in 15 minutes) or reference lab testing by PCR or Antibody formation (results in 5-7 days).

Covid originated from the Wuhan region in China. Ever since its discovery, the disease has spread globally and now affects every part of the world. It has recently spread to the United States. On December 31, the World Health Organization was informed about people contracting cases of Pneumonia in Wuhan. Shortly after, 59 cases were noted in the area, but no fatalities had been recorded. The disease continued to spread and soon transformed into a global pandemic with fatalities continually rising. The virus was fully identified on January 7th and its Genome was shared on the 12th. 

There are multiple actions people should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid contact with infected people, or people who are exhibiting symptoms
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water as often as possible
  • Wear a facial covering that covers the nose and mouth while in public places
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet
  • Self-quarantine if you come into contact with an infected person

Covid is generally spread through droplets or secretions which can make contact with people directly or indirectly. If a person touches a contaminated surface, it’s possible they could become exposed to the virus and become sick. Generally, when a person talks, coughs, sneezes, or otherwise expels droplets from their mouth, other people can pick up these droplets, which could harbor the virus and infect them. 

Symptoms typically appear within 2-14 days after exposure. Some individuals are considered high-risk, and they may need to take extra precautions. High risk individuals include:
  • People who have medical conditions such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and are immune compromised. 
  • Elderly People – and those that are in nursing homes. 
If you are in the high-risk population and you experience symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately. You can come visit one of our locations or give us a call at an Affordacare location near you! 

If you are part of the general population it is recommended that you self-quarantine for the duration of the illness and treat it like the flu or bad cold. If symptoms persist or worsen, reach out to us or a medical professional for the appropriate course of action. 

If you are caring for someone or interested in determining whether to seek medical attention, use the Texas Department of Human Services self-checker to make a decision.