It’s completely normal to have questions, concerns, and worries these days about COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. At Somerset Family Medicine SFM in Troy and Sterling Heights, Michigan, caring physician Neil Jaddou, MD, and his dedicated team are here to support you through this difficult time. For compassionate and effective medical care in the Detroit area, reach out to the office nearest you or click the online appointment maker for help today.
COVID-19 symptoms typically include:
Because COVID-19 is new to humans (it previously only affected animals), the symptoms list is evolving. This means that you may have other symptoms caused by the disease, as well.
Everyone should practice preventive and protective measures, including:
For your personal safety and that of those around you, it’s important to closely follow all guidelines from the state of Michigan and the CDC.
There are two basic tests that look for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 antibody test checks for past infection. Antibodies are a type of protein that wards off infection. They develop around 1-3 weeks after you have an infection.
Antibodies can potentially provide immunity, which means protection against reinfection, for at least a limited period of time. Antibodies work differently with each disease.
A positive COVID-19 antibody test may mean that you’ve had the disease, or another disease in its family, in the past. This past exposure left you with antibodies that may protect you from the disease, at least to some degree.
But, because COVID-19 is a new disease in humans, it’s unknown how long that protection lasts. Even if you have a positive antibody test, you should still take steps to protect yourself from COVID-19.
A viral test checks for a current COVID-19 infection. This test involves an anterior nasal swab, a quick test that you may need if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you’ve had close exposure to an infected person.
If you’re currently showing COVID-19 symptoms, avoid contact with others until you can get tested. Test results can take anywhere from a few hours to a week, depending on the current situation.
Somerset Family Medicine SFM doesn’t perform COVID-19 testing, but the team can help if you have questions about testing or COVID-19 in general.
If you’re looking for compassionate care during this time of anxiety and stress, call the office nearest you or use the online scheduler for compassionate care.