Request COVID-19 testing if you or a loved one have COVID-19 symptoms. Confirming your diagnosis guides treatment and protects those around you. At Rahma Health in Sacramento, California, the primary care and family medicine physicians offer several COVID-19 testing, including rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and antigen tests. Call the office today to request COVID-19 testing or book your appointment online.
COVID-19 testing analyzes your saliva or mucus for the presence of specific viral proteins. If your test confirms you have COVID-19, your Rahma Health provider develops a personalized treatment plan to prevent your symptoms from getting worse.
Request COVID-19 testing at Rahma Health if you have any of the following symptoms:
Some people with COVID-19 have gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
The Rahma Health team offers several types of COVID-19 testing, including:
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
The PCR test, also called a molecular test, examines a sample of your mucus or saliva for genetic material from the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This test detects several viral genes, so it’s considered more accurate than other tests.
The antigen test analyzes your mucus or saliva for viral antigens –– a viral marker. If you have COVID-19, antibodies in the test bind to them, producing a positive result.
How quickly you receive the result of your COVID-19 test will depend on which test you take. The antigen test provides results within 15-30 minutes, but the PCR test takes 2-3 days, depending on how busy the lab is.
If you have symptoms indicating you’re contagious, your Rahma Health provider asks you to quarantine at home until you get your results.
COVID-19 testing has a proven track record, but no test is 100% accurate. The Rahma Health team might order PCR and antigen tests, depending on your symptoms and the initial test result.
If your COVID-19 test comes back positive, stay home for at least five days, even if you don’t have symptoms. Tell your close contacts about your test result, and wear a mask if you have to go out. If you develop symptoms like shortness of breath or a high fever, visit your nearest emergency room immediately.
Call Rahma Health today to request COVID-19 testing or make your appointment online.