Lifeline Urgent Care in Houston, Texas, is continuing to meet the medical needs of local families during the coronavirus pandemic. Our fully equipped, physician-led urgent care center is pleased to offer rapid PCR testing for COVID-19 seven days a week, so you can quickly find the answers you need to safeguard your health and the health of those around you.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is the “gold standard” of COVID-19 diagnostics. It may also be referred to as molecular testing. PCR tests work by detecting the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2, the name of the novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory illness known as COVID-19. While it used to take several days to receive results from a PCR test, Lifeline Urgent Care now has the technology to offer same- or next-day results.
Today’s main test types that diagnose active COVID-19 infections are PCR and antigen. Antigen testing (often referred to as rapid antigen testing) screens for protein related to SARS-CoV-2 instead of its genetic material. Results of rapid antigen tests are typically available in a matter of minutes, but they tend to be less accurate than PCR tests. Both rapid antigen and rapid PCR testing involve a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab.
Anyone who believes he or she may have been exposed to the virus should receive a COVID-19 test, even if no symptoms are present. However, it’s particularly important to be tested if you are noticing potential signs of COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common symptoms of this illness include:
Symptoms tend to appear within two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. It’s best to isolate and wait about three days after suspected exposure to receive testing, as it may take a few days for the virus to build up in your system and become identifiable on a rapid PCR test (with this said, PCR testing is known to deliver more accurate results sooner than antigen testing).
Hi. My name is Dr. Ravi Kalidindi. I am a Board-certified Family Medicine Physician who specializes in Urgent Care and have provided highly personalized care for my patients for several years, treating a variety of illnesses and injuries.
Years of experience: 20 years
License number: 1234567
Location: Houston, TX
COVID-19 symptoms may become severe and life-threatening in some cases. Call 911 immediately if you or someone around you:
When speaking with a 911 operator, inform him or her that the affected individual may have COVID-19, if possible.
Lifeline Urgent Care is here to provide the answers you need to your health questions. Visit us today for safe and convenient rapid PCR testing in Houston. No appointments or referrals are necessary, and we accept most health insurance plans and offer affordable self-pay rates.
Lifeline Urgent Care is a go to in your time of medical need. The staff there were professional, attentive and helpful. They handled me with care and listened to my concerns. Marissa, the physician assistant was so good I wanted her as my PCP. I definitely will go back if I need urgent care. Thank you.
Our goal is simple; we strive to provide a high level of easily accessible and affordable medical care to patients. Here are some of the frequently asked questions our clients have:
An urgent care clinic is a convenient place to turn if you need walk-in care for an acute, non-life-threatening illness or injury. Unlike primary care practices that require appointments and are often booked for days in advance, urgent care clinics treat patients on a walk-in basis and are often open during extended hours. They’re also a much more sensible and affordable alternative to bustling emergency rooms in non-life-threatening scenarios.
Here are a few examples of health concerns that can be treated at an urgent care clinic:
Many people face this question on a daily basis. As a general rule of thumb, individuals who fear loss of life, limb, or vision should promptly call 911 or go to the nearest ER. It’s also important to seek emergency care if you or someone around you experiences any of the following:
So, you’ve woken up with a nasty cold and aren’t sure where to seek care. Your main options are the local urgent care clinic and your primary care doctor’s office, but which choice is more affordable?
Despite urgent care’s reputation for being more expensive than primary care, the costs of these services are usually quite similar, especially for individuals with insurance. Costs will vary by provider, though, so you may want to check what urgent care clinics and primary care centers accept your insurance before your visit.
Lifeline Urgent Care in Houston, Texas, is pleased to provide affordable urgent care services to adults and children with non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Our patients are seen by board-certified family medicine, infectious disease, and internal medicine doctors who emphasize compassionate and personalized service. The unique expertise of our practitioners also allows us to provide many primary care services, making us a one-stop shop for routine medical care.
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