Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Greenwood, SC
If you begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please schedule through our link below. We will assess your situation and confirm if you need curbside testing. For more information please call us.
If you want to learn about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Greenwood area, then AFC Urgent Care would like to tell you about it. It’s quite serious for our community and most others around the world, but it’s possible to identify and test for the symptoms and receive some relief from them. Read on to learn more about the disease and what you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our community.
How dangerous is COVID-19?
It can be quite dangerous for many people. For most, the disease causes only mild symptoms, but for some others, it can cause serious symptoms and even be fatal. Also, the disease is spread quite easily by respiratory droplets created when a person coughs or sneezes, or by touching something with the virus on it, then touching the mouth, eyes, or nose. Because the disease may be deadly to some people and can be spread easily, COVID-19 is considered quite dangerous to the public. It is currently a pandemic, affecting countries worldwide. There are some groups of people who are at a greater risk of serious symptoms and death from COVID-19.
Who is most at risk for the coronavirus disease?
It’s more common for older people and people with pre-existing health conditions to experience severe issues from COVID-19. It’s uncommon for death to occur. Some examples of pre-existing health conditions are heart problems, high blood pressure (hypertension), lung disease, cancer, and diabetes. Also, people with compromised or weakened immune systems are at greater risk. For example, a chemo patient may have a weakened immune system and be at greater risk.
What are the first symptoms of the coronavirus disease?
There are common, minor symptoms like tiredness, fever, and dry cough. These symptoms are usually mild, but may be more serious for some people. Sometimes, severe symptoms will occur, like pain in the chest, chest pressure, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of movement, loss of speech, and/or pneumonia.
It’s possible that a person won’t experience symptoms until 2 to 14 days after infection. It’s also possible that a person won’t notice any symptoms at all. It’s still important for us all to socially distance, wash our hands regularly, and follow the other precautions recommended by health officials. Wearing a mask is important in public.
What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
Generally, for mild cases, the time from onset to clinical recovery is about 2 weeks, and for severe or critical cases, recovery time may be 3 to 6 weeks. There currently is no cure for coronavirus infection, but you can be tested for it and treated for some of its symptoms.
How does one get tested for the coronavirus?
If you or someone you know is having minor viral symptoms, then testing is strongly recommended. If you or anyone is experiencing symptoms that are or may be life-threatening, then you must dial 911 for emergency care.
You can get tested for the coronavirus to see whether you previously had it or currently have it. The antibody test can check to see if you previously had the virus and have antibodies, and we can provide this at our clinic so long as you’re not currently experiencing any symptoms. If you are currently experiencing symptoms, then you’ll need the viral test (nasal swab) for coronavirus, but we cannot provide this test in-person, as there could be a significant risk of infecting our other patients and our staff, or a risk of you infecting yourself if you’re not sick. Instead, please call our clinic at (864) 223-3858. We’ll evaluate your symptoms over the phone and, if necessary, book you in for a phone or video visit with us. If testing is required, then we’ll invite you to our clinic for safe curbside testing.
To learn more about the coronavirus disease or to inquire about testing, call AFC Urgent Care Greenwood. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you believe you or someone you know should be tested. Call us today at (864) 223-3858. You can book a video visit with us instead, if you like.