The COVID-19 pandemic has ended but the virus is still a health risk. Even with the majority of people vaccinated, the virus can still pose a risk to those that are the most vulnerable. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is important to be tested to determine if you have this contagious virus. There are effective treatments that can be taken to reduce the risk of serious complications. At Primary Care Joliet, we provide COVID-19 testing at our medical clinics in Joliet and Wilmington, IL.
Symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19 symptoms have evolved over the years with different strains and variants of the virus. This can make it difficult to recognize versus the flu or even the common cold. Some of the possible symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- Dry cough
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
Everyone may experience COVID-19 differently. Most people have mild symptoms and recover in a few days with rest, but they can still spread the virus to others who may experience more severe symptoms. Receiving a test at the first sign of symptoms, especially if you know you have been exposed, can help you get treatment if needed.
When to Get Tested
The CDC recommends that anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or was exposed to someone with the virus be tested. If you do not have symptoms, but were exposed, you should wait five days after the exposure to seek testing. At Primary Care Joliet, we use the most accurate tests that provide quick results for our patients. Our team can usually get patients in for testing the same day at one of our locations in Wilmington or Joliet, IL.
PCJ accepts many different types of insurance, and most cover COVID-19 testing. If you are concerned that you may have the virus, getting tested is the best way to know for sure. Our medical centers offer fast and accurate COVID-19 testing, as well as COVID-19 vaccinations and treatment. To schedule a visit for COVID-19 related services, call a clinic near you for an appointment.