COVID-19 is an epidemic that has killed over half a million people in the United States alone. One of the reasons it has been so deadly is that it is highly contagious. COVID-19 testing, along with vaccines, is one of the most important weapons in our battle against this virus, as identifying and quarantining active cases can help dramatically to stop the spread.
What Types of COVID-19 Tests Are There?
There are two types of COVID-19 tests. A viral test will let you know if you are currently infected with COVD-19, while an antibody test can tell you if you had COVID-19 in the past. People have been reinfected with COVID-19 after having had it previously, so you should not assume that if you had COVID-19 in the past you are fully immune.
Do I Need a COVID-19 Test?
If you are not vaccinated and have been within six feet of a person you suspect may be infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 for over 15 minutes at any time within the last 10 days, it is a good idea to get tested. If you have been in a large social gathering in the recent past, we recommend you get a test. Also, if you are planning to travel, you should and may be required to get a COVID-19 test.
COVID-19 Testing With Montecito Concierge Medicine
At Montecito Concierge Medicine, we provide rapid COVID antigen testing that can be done by our dedicated nurse in the comfort of your home, and help appointment facilitation for COVID PCR testing at either Quest or PDL based laboratories in Santa Barbara for all our patients who are concerned about a potential exposure.
How Can I Schedule Home COVID-19 Testing?
To schedule a home COVID-19 test or learn more about Montecito Concierge Medicine membership, call us today at (805) 892-6500 or fill out and submit the appointment form below. Together, we can overcome this deadly virus and get things back to normal again. Get in touch, we look forward to meeting you!