COVID-19 Testing Specialist

Valencia Medical Center -  - General Practitioner

Valencia Medical Center

General Practitioners & Family Medicine located in Olympia Heights, Miami, FL

One of the best ways to control the spread of Covid-19 and protect yourself and others is to get a Covid-19 test. At Valencia Medical Center in Olympia Heights, Miami, Florida, Judith Valencia, MD, and Inti Fernandez, MD, provide Covid-19 testing with no appointment necessary. To find out more about Covid-19 testing, schedule an appointment over the phone or online at Valencia Medical Center today.

COVID-19 Testing Q&A

What is Covid-19?

Covid-19 is a contagious viral disease that spreads in tiny fluid droplets in the air. The infection comes from the virus SARS-CoV-2 and causes respiratory symptoms as well as others. While not everyone gets severe symptoms, a Covid-19 infection can cause:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea

There is also a lengthy list of potential complications that can develop due to a Covid-19 infection, including some that are severe or that could potentially last for years, like heart or liver problems. Because the disease is relatively new, the long-term effects are not yet well understood. 

What is Covid-19 testing?

The Valencia Medical Center team provides two types of Covid-19 testing with no appointment necessary. Covid-19 tests can tell you if you have a current infection or if you’ve been infected with the virus in the past. 

At Valencia Medical Center, you can get a:

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test

PCR tests offer results within a day or two. During the PCR test, the team takes a swab sample from inside your nose. Using the sample, they can extract molecular genetic material from the SARS-CoV-2 virus to detect an infection. 

Covid-19 antigen test

A Covid-19 antigen test detects an infection quickly, and your results are available in minutes. Like the PCR test, it also uses a nasal swab to collect a sample. It may have the potential to detect infections earlier than the PCR test, but it has a higher potential for false-negative results. 

After a test for Covid-19, the team at Valencia Medical Center informs you of the next steps to manage the infection and control the spread. 

When should I get Covid-19 testing?

You should get Covid-19 testing any time you develop symptoms consistent with the disease. However, you don’t have to have symptoms to get a test. You should also schedule a visit at Valencia Medical Center if you’ve come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Even if you’ve been vaccinated or boosted to immunize yourself from Covid-19, you can still get an infection, albeit a milder one. You shouldn’t forgo testing because you’ve been vaccinated as the infection is still contagious, and you can spread it to others. 

For more information on Covid-19 testing or to find out if you should get a test, call Valencia Medical Center or book an appointment online today. You can also walk-in at any time to get a test.