CDC Guidelines for Testing:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
- Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
- Unvaccinated people who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings.
- People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare provider, or state, tribal, or territorial health department.
MedFast Urgent Care Centers has testing available for COVID-19, at all locations in Brevard and Volusia county.
- Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Nasal Swab - results within 15 minutes.
- COVID-19 PCR Nasal Swab sent to our lab
Call 321-MEDFAST (633-3278), for more details.
Symptoms for coronavirus can range from mild to severe.
The following symptoms can appear 2-14 days after you have been exposed to the virus:
- Shortness of breath
If you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call us for an over-the-phone consultation. Those experiencing trouble breathing, persistent pain in the chest or other severe symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
Avoiding exposure to coronavirus is the best way to prevent yourself from getting sick. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, do not touch your face, including eyes, nose and mouth, and maintain a 6ft distance from others.
Information About COVID-19
Coronavirus, or COVID-19 is not a living organism. It is a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and coverts them into aggressor and mutiplier cells.
How do you kill coronavirus?
Since coronavirus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity, and type of material where it lies.
Coronavirus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
Heat melts fat; that is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius (77°F) for washing hands, clothes and everything else.
Alcohol, or any mixutre with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water, directly dissolves the coronavirus protein, breaking it down from the inside.
Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it in its pure form and that will hurt your skin.
How long does coronavirus survive on surfaces?
Coronavirus can survive on multiple types of surfaces, including fabrics, copper, wood, cardboard, metal and plastic.
- Fabric and porous surfaces: 3 hours
- Copper and wood: 4 hours
- Cardboard: 24 hours
- Metal: 42 hours
- Plastic: 72 hours
NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only (see above timeframes), but if you shake a surface contaminated with coronavirus, or use a feather duster on it, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours and can lodge in your nose.
Can coronaviurs survive in the cold?
The coronavirus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial cold air, such as air conditioners in houses and in cars. They also need moisture to stay stable and thrive in darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
Can UV light breakdown coronavirus?
UV light on any object that may contain coronavirus, can break down the virus protein. However, be careful when using UV light, as it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
Does vodka kill coronavirus?
No vodka or spirits are strong enough to breakdown the coronavirus protein. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol and you need at least 65%.
Does vinegar kill coronavirus?
Vinegar is NOT useful against coronavirus becuase it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
Does Listerine kill coronavirus?
Listerine can be effective against coronavirus because it is 65% alcohol.
When should you wash your hands to prevent coronavirus spread?
You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucose, food, locks, doorknobs, switches, remote controls, cellphones, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. Also before and after using the bathroom.
You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much handwashing, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks of the skin. Using thicker skin moisturizers can help prevent coronavirus from hiding in the micro cracks.
Also, keep your NAILS SHORT, so that the virus does not hide there.
Can you catch coronavirus outside?
The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less concentration there can be.
Learn more about prevention at cdc.gov
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