Internal Medicine & Board Certified Family Medicine located in Spring, TX & Houston, TX
You’re not alone if you have difficulty keeping up with COVID 19 information. It seems like nearly everyday, there are new variants and changes in treatment guidelines. At Prime Physicians, Minh Mai, MD, and the team stay up-to-date with all the changes, ensuring that each person receives comprehensive and customized care for COVID 19. If you need testing, immediate treatment, or ongoing care for long COVID, call the office in Spring, Texas, or request an appointment online today.
COVID 19 Q & A
What is COVID 19?
COVID 19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. SARS-CoV-2 is one of many coronaviruses that primarily cause respiratory infections, ranging from the common cold to life-threatening diseases.
Coronaviruses continually change, mutating to create new variants. Each variant has a slightly different genetic makeup. As a result, new variants may be more or less contagious or dangerous, but they’re all related to SARS-CoV-2.
What symptoms does COVID 19 cause?
Some people with COVID 19 don’t have symptoms. Whether or not you have symptoms, you can still spread the virus. COVID 19 symptoms appear in 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, causing one or more of the following:
- Dry cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of smell
- Loss of taste
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Congested nose
- Skin rash
- Changes in vision
- Discolored and swollen fingers or toes
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
Seek immediate medical attention if you have chest pain, difficulty breathing, or feel confused. You also need prompt care if your lips or fingertips turn pale, bluish, or gray.
What is long COVID 19?
About one-third of people diagnosed with COVID 19 have symptoms that stick around for many months after the virus clears out of their bodies. This is called long COVID. You can end up with long COVID whether your initial infection was asymptomatic (no symptoms), caused a mild illness, or you were hospitalized.
How is COVID 19 diagnosed?
The team at Prime Physicians may perform several COVID 19 tests:
Rapid COVID 19 test
This test reveals within about 15 minutes whether you have a current COVID 19 infection. The team takes a swab from your nose or throat, and then the test detects if any proteins from the virus are in the sample.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
Results take longer with a PCR test, but it’s more accurate if there’s any doubt about the results of your rapid test.
How is COVID 19 treated?
COVID 19 vaccines and booster shots are the first lines of treatment. Several current medications can prevent severe illness if you take them within 5-7 days of when your symptoms begin. However, COVID 19 treatments are continually being studied and developed.
More importantly, the existing medications may not work against future variants. Prime Physicians stays up-to-date with the most current advances and high-quality, personalized treatment for each patient.
If you have questions about COVID 19 or need testing or treatment, call Prime Physicians or request an appointment online today.