COVID Testing

Family Medicine located in Federal Way and Tacoma, WA
COVID Testing

COVID Testing services offered in Federal Way and Tacoma, WA

As the nation continues to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID testing is a powerful tool at both the personal and public health level. Testing is one of many services available from the team at Prudent Medical Providers in Tacoma and Federal Way, Washington. If you or a loved one needs COVID testing, simply call to see if a same-day visit is available, or schedule online in just a few clicks. 

What is COVID testing?

COVID testing is a diagnostic tool that strives to detect signs of an active COVID-19 infection. The process is simple and straightforward, and isn’t painful. 

COVID testing is the only way to know for sure if you have the disease. That’s an important part of getting the support and services you need to avoid serious outcomes. 

Testing also empowers you to take action to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to others. This is a critical part of slowing the spread of the disease throughout your community and beyond.   

Who needs COVID testing?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone who experiences the symptoms of COVID-19 should come in for testing. Some of the signs that indicate you might have an infection include:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

As you can see, many of these symptoms are also common in other illnesses, including the common cold and flu. Until COVID-19 is no longer a serious public health problem, getting tested is important, even if you suspect you don’t have the disease. 

You might also need to come in for COVID testing in preparation for travel or at the request of an employer or another organization. 

What if my COVID testing reveals an infection?

If your test results show that you have COVID-19, there’s no need to panic. Most people who contract the disease can effectively fight off infection with no significant harm. 

You may experience a period of flu-like symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. Your practitioner advises you on how to address these symptoms, and monitors your condition as your immune system fights off the infection. 

If you develop shortness of breath or become significantly weak during your illness, you may need to be treated at a hospital. Your provider lets you know if your condition is nearing this state, and can guide you toward the right setting for care. 

To learn more about COVID-19 prevention, screening, or treatment, call the office to book a visit, or schedule online in just a few clicks. Walk-in testing is also an option, but please be sure to wear a mask in case you may pass the infection on to others.