If you develop a fever, dry cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, it’s necessary to get tested. A positive test result will confirm if you’re contagious and help you determine the next steps. At Palm Desert Urgent Care, internal medicine provider Manzoor Kazi, MD, diagnoses and treats COVID-19 to reduce its spread and prevent potentially severe outbreaks. Call the practice in Palm Desert, California, or book an appointment online.
COVID-19 is caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), an upper respiratory infection characterized by coughing, body aches, and a loss of taste and smell.
COVID-19 is highly contagious and potentially life-threatening, so you must take preventive action. Dr. Kazi recommends getting immunized for COVID-19 and taking precautions to reduce the risk of exposure, like avoiding crowded areas and wearing a mask in poorly ventilated spaces.
The symptoms of COVID-19 include:
You might also develop gastrointestinal symptoms, like vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea.
Make an appointment with Dr. Kazi for COVID-19 testing if you experience upper respiratory symptoms and they don’t improve with at-home treatments. That’s especially true if your symptoms get worse or come with a high fever.
At Palm Desert Urgent Care, Dr. Kazi diagnoses COVID-19 with an in-office test.
After reviewing your medical records and asking about your symptoms, he collects a sample of saliva or mucus, sending it to a lab for analysis. If your test confirms that you have COVID-19, Dr. Kazi develops a custom treatment plan.
How COVID-19 is treated depends on several things, including your age, how severe your symptoms are, and if you have any underlying health problems. Usually, Dr. Kazi recommends conservative treatment — drinking plenty of fluids and staying home until you don’t have a fever.
If you have a more severe infection, Dr. Kazi could recommend:
You can reduce your risk of potentially severe side effects by getting immunized for COVID-19.
Several things that you can do to reduce your risk of COVID-19 include:
To learn more about the diagnoses and treatment of COVID-19, make an appointment at Palm Desert Urgent Care by calling the office or booking online today.