You may have read or heard that there are new variants of the COVID-19 virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the new variant of the virus found in the United Kingdom has also been found in several countries around the world, including Canada and the United States. Other variants have been found in South Africa and Nigeria.
Scientists are working around the clock to determine how the variations of the novel coronavirus spread and affect people. They are also testing whether or not the current vaccines are effective for all mutations of the virus.
In the information available to us today, it appears that the variant in the U.S. is more contagious and spreads faster than the original strain. Fortunately, it appears to carry the same risk of illness and mortality as the original strain. In other words, though it spreads faster, it does not appear to be more harm.
If you’re concerned you’ve had an exposure to COVID-19, it’s important to get tested. At The Urgency Room, we use Abbott’s ID NOWTM molecular test to provide rapid COVID results in minutes.
This test does detect the new variant strain of COVID-19.
We’re providing both on demand and scheduled COVID testing to assist in the high demand for COVID testing. Both visit types result in a trip to The Urgency Room to collect a test sample, but clinic visits include a face-to-face discussion with the provider onsite. We will check your vitals and review any of your concerns and treatment plan with you. Video visits are meant to be quick and involve an online provider visit and a trip to The Urgency Room to conduct the test yourself. As soon as you have submitted the nasal swab provided, you are free to go. We will notify you as soon as your results are ready.
Please visit our website for on demand testing or to schedule an appointment if you wish to be tested. We’ll continue to keep you updated as information becomes available.