Rapid PCR Testing: Not Just for COVID

October 20, 2023
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As the fall season approaches, the concern for respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, the flu, strep throat, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) looms large. Although these illnesses are different from each other (strep throat is bacterial and the others are viral), their symptoms often overlap or are very similar, making it challenging to distinguish between them. The solution? A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that detects all these infections, which not only streamlines diagnostics and increases overall testing capacity, but also ensures prompt and accurate treatment. PCR testing has gained prominence in recent years as one of the most accurate diagnostic tools for infectious diseases, and PhysicianOne Urgent Care is pleased to offer this type of combination PCR testing to our patients in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

Who Should Undergo Combination PCR Testing?

It can be stressful when you or a loved one are sick, but you aren’t sure whether it’s a common cold or something more serious, like COVID. Comprehensive PCR testing is recommended if you are displaying symptoms characteristic of a viral or bacterial respiratory illness, and you want to know for sure what type of infection you have so you can seek the appropriate treatment. For example, you may wish to seek a PCR test if you are experiencing symptoms like:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle pain
  • Body aches

Although more commonly seen in children, symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also indicate a respiratory illness such as COVID, the flu, RSV, or strep throat.

Early Diagnosis Allows You Take Action—Fast

In the realm of infectious diseases, time is of the essence. Rapid PCR testing enables healthcare professionals to promptly diagnose patients, initiate appropriate treatments, and implement necessary isolation measures. This not only aids in curbing the spread of illnesses but also allows individuals to receive the care they need without delay.

Waiting for test results can be anxiety-inducing. PhysicianOne Urgent Care's rapid PCR testing ensures that patients receive their lab results that same day. If you get tested as soon as you start to feel sick, you can enable a quicker intervention with treatment that is specific to your illness. Early detection can also open doors to a wider variety of treatment options and, most importantly, more effective targeted therapies. Then, once you receive a specific diagnosis, you can follow the appropriate CDC guidelines and quarantine protocols.

Visit a PhysicianOne Urgent Care Location Today for Rapid Combination PCR Testing

In the realm of modern medicine, innovation continues to revolutionize healthcare delivery. PhysicianOne Urgent Care's rapid PCR testing, encompassing COVID-19, flu, strep, and RSV detection in one swab, stands as a testament to the strides being made. This comprehensive approach not only enhances efficiency but also empowers patients and healthcare providers alike to navigate health challenges with accuracy and confidence. Visit a PhysicianOne Urgent Care location today for a combination PCR test.

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