COVID-19 Rapid Testing at AFC Swampscott
AFC Swampscott is now offering on-site rapid testing (results within an hour), anti-body and swab tests for COVID-19. We highly advise that you consult with our staff to determine the most appropriate test for your symptoms and situation. Our facility is located at 450 Paradise Road in Swampscott and you can get tested for COVID and have results the same day. Online booking is strongly encouraged. We have limited walk in availability in the afternoons between 2-6 pm.
Does my insurance cover testing?
Yes! COVID-19 testing is fully covered, with $0 cost to you, by all insurance plans in Massachusetts including Masshealth, Medicare and Medicaid if it is deemed medically necessary.
If you believe that you were exposed to COVID-19, came into close contact with a COVID-19 patient, or are exhibiting any one the following symptoms then testing in these situations will very likely be covered: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, new olfactory or taste disorder(s), nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia, runny nose, nasal congestion, unexplained fatigue/malaise, delirium (acutely altered mental status and inattention), unexplained or increased number of falls, acute functional decline, exacerbation of chronic conditions, chills, headaches, conjunctivitis, croup, or multisystem inflammatory vasculitis in children (some of the symptoms associated with multisystem inflammatory vasculitis in children include persistent fever and a variety of symptoms that may include abdominal pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as rash)
What if I want to get tested anyway for peace of mind, convenience or a travel certificate?
If you don’t fit the medically necessary testing criteria (see above) or do not have insurance we offer very affordable rates for testing. The current pricing for testing is $110 for anti-body testing, $199 for PCR swab based testing and $139 for the rapid 1-hour antigen test. We strongly encourage you to discuss your condition, symptoms and reasoning for asking for testing with our staff to determine which test is most appropriate for your situation. We also remind you to always call 9-1-1 in case of emergencies.
If you need a COVID-19 travel certificate for travel out of country (or to certain other states with coronavirus related travel restrictions), we can also provide this certificate to you. Please ensure to inquire about results and turn around times before finalizing your travel plans. It is your responsibility to check your destination’s requirements before you get tested. Many destinations, for example, will only accept a PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Some will accept it within 10 days of travel. Others will accept a rapid antigen test. We are unable to offer refunds if you order the test too soon, or order the wrong test. Our staff are unable to offer clear guidance on this as there are dozens of destinations, each of which have different requirements. For example- the state of Maine currently (as of July 14, 2020) requires a RT-PCR test within 72 hours and will not accept rapid antigen tests.
How to book a COVID-19 test
If you would like to book your test ahead of time on a particular time-slot of your choosing, you can visit our online booking system and make sure to select “COVID-19 Test” as the reason for your visit. That way you spend less time filling out paperwork when you get to the clinic for your booked time. Depending on the test recommended for you, the results should be available within the hour (for rapid testing) or in a few days for antibody and PCR testing (depending on the lab). Please inquire about the current turn-around times and rest assured that we will call you as soon as your results are available. Please maintain self-isolation at home till you have received the results.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Coronavirus:
Coronavirus is a type of virus that impacts a patient’s upper respiratory system. Public health officials and the Centers for disease control name the strain detected in Wuhan, China as “2019-nCoV.” According to the CDC, coronaviruses are “a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with 2019-nCoV.”
A coronavirus is a special virus that spreads within a certain species of animal, which can cause significant respiratory trouble and incredibly harmful results within the same species. nCoV-2019 is an especially rare case of a coronavirus spreading from a foreign animal species to humans.
Symptoms of the cornoavirus begin as any onset acute illness with coughing, sneezing, sinus pain, and congestion. However, patients with the virus soon develop extreme difficulty breathing and fatal respiratory symptoms.
nCoV-2019 was discovered in Wuhan, China, where several patients became infected after the virus spread from an animal reservoir in the county. Some patients were linked to the virus after buying goods and interacting with contaminated foods in a live animal market.
However, international public health agencies have determined that the virus is primarily spread from person-to-person interaction, which has caused a devastating number of cases. In fact, recent news outlets report over 1000 deaths and 43,000 worldwide are infected with the virus. (This number may be climbing at the time of this report)
International travelers coming back to their home countries (U.S, United Kingdom, etc.) from Wuhan have been quarantined while cruise ships near main port cities have been stalled due to potential virus risks.
As of 3-16-2020, there are nearly 1,629 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. The CDC estimates that the number will likely reach higher numbers as new numbers are reported. International travel as well as domestic spread of the virus has caused outbreaks within 43 states.
The death toll of COVID-19 has reached 41 patients. The virus is likely to cause fatal symptoms within patients that have underdeveloped and weakened immune systems can have issues, so it is crucial to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings of groups.
This guide from Vox is a helpful resource to teach others about social distancing and how effective self-quarantine helps everyone reduce COVID-19 infections at faster rates: LEARN HERE
Public health officials want to make it clear to patients that routine hygiene and general disease prevention are crucial to lowering your risk of getting a coronavirus infection. The CDC outlined the key prevention methods which are similar to avoiding a case of the flu or common cold. Here are a few more specific prevention strategies for patients:
“As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
- Practice social distancing to avoid the spread whenever you have to leave your household.
If patients have any other questions about coronavirus prevention, then please call a local healthcare provider to learn the facts about coronavirus and disease safety!