Why Genetic Testing for COVID-19 Should Be a Priority

The unprecedented times in which we’re living, thanks to COVID-19, have caused uncertainty and concern. But information about the virus and getting genetic testing can help you feel more in control. 

The team at Coral Gables Executive Physicians in Coral Gables, Florida, is led by board-certified internal medicine and primary care physician Robert H. Thomas, MD, FACP. Together, we treat your COVID-19 health concerns seriously. 

Our genetic testing method and expert advice on how to take care of yourself and others during this pandemic can give you the confidence that you’re in good hands.

Why choose genetic testing for COVID-19?

We recommend genetic testing because it can help improve your outcome if you test positive.

Genetic testing uses your saliva to look at your DNA, which can offer a great deal of information about your predisposition to illnesses, diseases, and even medications that could cause you harm. Learning what you and your family members are possibly susceptible to can help you take a proactive approach to your health care.

With COVID-19, your genetic test can indicate if you’re a carrier of a particular gene mutation, confirm your diagnosis, or determine if you’re at risk for getting the virus. If you test positive, we can monitor you closely and treat your symptoms if any develop. If you test negative, in most cases you won’t need additional checkups or screenings.

Genetic testing also helps our team identify information about your family history to better protect you with health advice and guidance for you and your family’s future. In addition to testing, we can also provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on how to protect yourself and others.

How the genetic test for COVID-19 works

When we test you, we use a cotton swab to sweep the back of your throat, or we put the swab up your nose to collect a sample from you. The intent of the test is to look for genetic material of the virus. We take your sample and see if it matches the virus. If it does, then you have it. If it doesn’t, then you don’t have it.

It can take three to five days before your test results come back.

What to do if you test positive

If your test comes back showing that the virus is present, you want to immediately quarantine yourself from others. If you develop symptoms, call our office. We can give you advice on how to manage them. If your symptoms become more severe, you may require hospitalization.

To schedule an appointment for COVID-19 genetic testing, contact us to see Dr. Thomas and our team. Call 305-446-9940 or request an appointment online today.

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