Covid-19 Testing

Mobile IV Nurses COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It was first identified in December 2019 and has since spread around the world.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is principally spread person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also spread when a person touches a surface or object that has virus upon it and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. This is similar to how influenza and other viruses that cause respiratory illness spread, but COVID-19 and its variants are particularly contagious.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common COVID-19 symptoms include fever and dry cough. They sometimes include sore throat, fatigue, shaking, muscle aches, chills, new loss of smell or taste, aches and pains, headaches, and shortness of breath.

However, research indicates that four out of every 10 people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. This means you will not exhibit any symptoms, but you might still be able to spread the virus to others. This is why it’s very important to use at-home COVID tests if you believe you’ve been exposed to the virus.

How can I prevent myself from being infected?

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Take simple measures to ensure cough and sneeze etiquette: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wear a mask when you are indoors with large groups. Your mask should cover your nose and mouth, and ideally, you should wear an N95 or KN95 mask (this offers the greatest protection against the dominant COVID-19 variant, omicron).*
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in your workspace and doorknobs.
  • If you are sick, stay home and seek medical attention. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please ask to be tested for the virus at a mobile COVID testing site or with an at-home COVID test.

*The current CDC guidelines only require individuals living in a community with high transmission levels to wear masks indoors. However, you can continue to wear masks if you choose, particularly if you are immunocompromised or high-risk for COVID-19. You can find out the transmission level in your community by visiting the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels by County Map.

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Here at Mobile IV Nurses, our entire team is committed to serving the community during this challenging time. The safety of our patients and our nurses are a high priority.

Our team of nurses are stocked and prepared with the proper PPE and sanitizing materials needed to properly disinfect their equipment before and after your treatment. If the conditions permit, we can offer to do your infusion outside in the open air. We are continually monitoring the CDC guidelines and will make the necessary changes when needed.

We know this situation is constantly evolving, and our team will remain flexible with your needs during your IV treatment. Our mission is to continue to serve our community safely and provide the best quality of care.

Common Questions about COVID-19 Testing

How much does a rapid antigen COVID-19 test cost?

Mobile IV Nurses offers rapid antigen COVID-19 testing at home for $150. These tests will determine whether you have viral proteins from COVID-19 in your nose or throat.

Where can I get a test for covid-19?

It’s fairly easy to find mobile COVID testing near you. Most drugstores offer testing, and there are many pop-up testing sites near or at hospitals and clinics. However, these testing locations often have long lines and require you to leave your home.

Mobile IV Nurses provides COVID testing at home or in your workplace for a more convenient and comfortable experience. Our teams will come to your home or business and provide you with a rapid antigen test that will give you results in 10-15 minutes.

What are the differences between antigen tests and other COVID-19 tests?

There are different kinds of tests for diagnosing COVID-19. Molecular tests (also known as PCR tests) detect genetic material from the virus. Antigen tests detect proteins from the virus. Antigen tests are very specific for the virus but are not as sensitive as molecular tests. This means that a positive result is highly accurate, but a negative result does not completely rule out infection.

When is a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 most effective?

Rapid antigen tests perform best when the person is tested in the early stages of infection with SARS-CoV-2 when viral load is generally highest. They also may be informative in diagnostic testing situations in which the person has a known exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19. (cdc.gov)

What are emergency signs for COVID-19?

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.

  • Trouble breathing.
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
  • New confusion.
  • Inability to wake or stay awake.
  • Bluish lips or face. (cdc.gov)

When should I seek emergency medical care if I am sick with COVID-19?

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.

  • Trouble breathing.
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
  • New confusion.
  • Inability to wake or stay awake.
  • Bluish lips or face. (cdc.gov)

What are some treatments for mild symptoms of COVID-19?

If your at-home COVID test does indicate that you’re infected, don’t worry. Most people who become sick with COVID-19 will only experience mild illness and can recover at home. Symptoms might last a few days, and people who have the virus often feel better in about a week. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and includes rest, fluid intake, and pain relievers. (mayoclinic.org)

Can a person test negative and later test positive for the coronavirus disease?

Yes. Mobile COVID testing and at-home COVID tests only indicate that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in the person’s sample at that time. (cdc.gov)

This means that it is important to take precautions regardless of what your COVID-19 test results say. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, continue to wear your mask in indoor public spaces, wash your hands regularly, and isolate yourself at home until you are feeling better.

What do you do if you test negative for COVID-19?

If you get COVID testing at home or work from Mobile IV Nurses, we will give you the results within 10-15 minutes. A negative (-) test result means that you do not have COVID-19 antigen detected at the time of testing. However, it is important to remember that you could still contract COVID-19 from infected individuals — even those who are asymptomatic or vaccinated. Continue to take the appropriate steps to protect yourself.

What do you do if you test negative for COVID-19 but have symptoms of COVID-19?

If your at-home COVID test gives a negative (-) result, but you have symptoms of COVID-19, talk with your healthcare provider to determine whether an additional molecular test would help with your care and when you should discontinue home isolation. If you do not have an additional test to determine if you are infected, you may spread the infection to others.

The CDC currently recommends that you should stay home until three things have happened:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers).
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved).
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

What do you do if you test positive for COVID-19?

If you receive a positive (+) test result on your at-home COVID test, you should follow up with your Primary Care Medical Provider as needed. According to the CDC, people who test positive (+) for COVID-19 should:

  • Isolate from others for five days, including others in your own home
  • Stay home from work, and avoid public places like stores and public transportation
  • Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

If you tested positive AND experienced symptoms, you can end isolation after five days and once you are fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms are improving. If you tested positive and had no symptoms, you can end isolation after five days. But regardless of your symptoms, you should continue to take precautions by avoiding high-risk individuals and wearing a mask anytime you’re around others (indoors and out) for five additional days.

As always, you should monitor your symptoms. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility if you have any emergency warning signs, such as:

  • Trouble breathing.
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
  • New confusion.
  • Inability to wake or stay awake.
  • Bluish lips or face.

Individuals with a positive at-home COVID test result can be with others after these situations occur: It’s been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared. It’s also been at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication. And once other symptoms* of COVID-19 are improving.

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation

What do you do if you test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms, the CDC recommends that if you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others 10 days after the date you had your positive test.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, the CDC recommends that you can be with others after

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented experience, but Mobile IV Nurses is here to give you the peace of mind you need to safely deal with this virus. Contact us today to schedule COVID testing at home or in your office to ensure everyone in your family or workplace is safe and healthy.