When Should I Get a Rapid Test?

Even though more and more people are getting vaccinated and COVID-19 cases have been declining as of late, it’s still possible to get the virus, plus other contagious illnesses as fewer and fewer people are wearing masks in public. If you believe you might be sick with COVID-19 or another contagious illness, like strep throat or the flu, it’s important to get a rapid test at our AFC center ASAP!

Why, you ask? Our AFC Urgent Care Hixson center shares some answers and helpful info below.

When Should I Consider Getting a Rapid Test?

No matter your illness, the best time to get tested for strep, the flu or COVID-19 is when you start experiencing symptoms. A tell-tale sign of strep is a sore throat with no cough; the flu, a sudden fever and body aches; and COVID-19, new shortness of breath and/or loss of taste or smell.

We’ve listed a few additional reasons to consider getting a rapid test at our AFC center below.

Reasons to Get a Rapid Test

  • If you’ve been in close contact with someone who is sick
  • If you’ve been in a crowded environment that increases your risk of getting a contagious illness
  • If you’re about to travel by plane or train

Are AFC’s Rapid Tests Accurate?

They are! Our AFC center offers molecular rapid COVID-19 tests, which provide a 90–95% specificity rate, along with rapid flu and strep tests that all provide accurate results within 15 minutes or less. Plus, you don’t even need an appointment to get a test!

If you believe you might have COVID-19 or another contagious illness and are considering getting a rapid test at our AFC center, practice the below-mentioned health-safety precautions to keep yourself and others as healthy as possible before you know your diagnosis.

Health-Safety Precautions to Follow

  • Stay home except to get tested or for medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or shirt sleeve.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others.

AFC Urgent Care Hixson provides rapid strep, flu and COVID-19 tests that are quick and accurate. Don’t hesitate to stop by today!