What to Know About The Delta Variant

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States are seeing rising COVID-19 cases at a rate not seen since this past winter. The culprit of rising cases is a strain of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus known as the Delta Variant. First identified in India, this mutation is now the most dominant strain of the virus in the United States.

HOW CONTAGIOUS IS THE DELTA VARIANT?

Statistics indicate that Delta is nearly twice as transmissible as the original strain of SARS-CoV-2. Yale Medicine epidemiologist F. Perry Wilson, MD notes, “in a completely unmitigated environment —where no one is vaccinated or wearing masks—it’s estimated that the average person infected with the original coronavirus strain will infect 2.5 other people. In the same environment, Delta would spread from one person to maybe 3.5 or 4 other people.”

WHO IS MOST AT RISK OF INFECTION?

People who remain unvaccinated or are not fully vaccinated are most at risk.

There is a direct correlation between states with low vaccination percentages and increasing case numbers and hospitalizations.

WILL THE COVID VACCINE PROTECT ME FROM THE DELTA VARIANT?

All currently available vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson are effective against hospitalizations from COVID-19. There is, however, a slight chance that a fully vaccinated person will experience an asymptomatic or mild case of COVID-19.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated yet still became reinfected with COVID-19 are known as breakthrough cases. As of July 22nd, there have been 65,000 known breakthrough cases among 160 million fully vaccinated individuals. These statistics translate to a 0.04% rate of fully vaccinated individuals being breakthrough cases.

DO I NEED TO GET TESTED?

Since fully vaccinated individuals are still at risk of being Delta variant carriers, it’s essential to get tested before certain situations. These instances can include getting tested before a vacation, seeing a large group of friends or family, and/or attending large gatherings (i.e., concerts or conferences).

At ARCpoint Labs, we’re helping you and your family stay safe with convenient COVID-19 testing. Whether you’re getting ready for your next big trip or simply want peace of mind, we’re here to help. With a catalog of COVID-19 tests, schedule your appointment today. Not sure which test is right for your situation? Contact your local office, and we can help you get started.

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Keep COVID Out of the Workplace

Keep COVID Out of the Workplace

With COVID-19 cases falling across the country, employees are slowly returning to the workplace. Even as over 126 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there are millions more that will enter the workplace without any sort of natural protection. While the vaccines and low cases are a small step towards the “old normal,” staying vigilant about health can help keep cases low and reduce the risk of spikes.

Self-Screening

Ultimately, no one knows your employees better than themselves. Implementing a self-screening procedure can help stop illnesses before they come into the workplace. Let your workers know what to look out for each morning including:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Sneezing/Coughing
  • Shortness of Breath

If your employees show any of these symptoms, they should not come into the office or should leave work immediately to limit the spread. Daily self-screening helps keep those at risk of infecting others at home, leading to a healthier and more productive workforce. 

Health and Safety Protocols in the Workplace

Recent studies  shed light on how employees feel about returning to the workplace. According to a Robert Half survey, 33% of employees surveyed would leave their current role if required to be in the office full-time. Additionally, 51% indicated they’d prefer to have a hybrid model of working from home some days per week. These responses are being echoed across social media where employees voice their concerns about returning to the workplace. Developing protocols that prioritize safety may ease some of their concerns and allow workers to focus solely on work.

These procedures can also help any potential visitor understand what’s expected while in the workplace. As many offices shut their doors to visitors during the height of the pandemic, they may begin to let vendors and certain visitors enter. Posting any regulations in an entrance can help visitors know what’s expected of them while in the office, and provide peace of mind for employees. Additionally, posted regulations eases pressure on your employees to act as the “safety police” for anyone not following procedures. 

Convenient Workforce Testing and Vaccinations

At ARCpoint Labs, we understand that millions of employees may not yet be vaccinated. It’s still just as important as ever to stay vigilant against COVID-19 even as cases fall. Testing after possible exposures with Same-Day Viral Testing can help limit the spread in the workplace. Plus with a nationwide network of testing facilities, getting a test is fast and convenient. Find your nearest participating ARCpoint Labs location and schedule your appointment.

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Differences in COVID-19 Vaccines

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Since COVID-19 was first reported in December 2019, scientists have been hard at work developing an effective vaccine. While there are still many vaccines currently undergoing trial testing, three vaccines are currently approved in the United States. As of May 11, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and most recently, Johnson & Johnson for their COVID-19 vaccines. All three of these vaccines are designed to protect against severe symptoms of COVID-19 but have slight variations.

PFIZER/BIONTECH

Developed as a joint effort between pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer and biotechnological leader, BioNTech, this vaccine was the first to be administered in the United States. While there are several different types of vaccines, including live attenuated vaccines which contain a weakened version of the pathogen, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is an mRNA vaccine. Messenger RNA vaccines contain a small, harmless protein that’s used as a blueprint to create protection against that particular pathogen.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine did a great job in the clinical trials, proving to have a 95% efficacy rate after two doses in people over the age of 16. After the initial vaccination, people administered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine must come back at least 21-days later for their second dose to in order to improve their protection. During the trials, there were no signs of major changes in efficacy across age, race, and/or gender. Additionally, the FDA has authorized the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use in adolescents ages 12 through 15.

Quick Facts:

  • mRNA vaccine
  • Two doses, 21-days apart
  • 95% effective across ages, races, and genders
  • Authorized for use in people ages 12+

MODERNA

Similar to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine uses mRNA to create antibodies and immune responses to proteins in your body. It’s because of this technology that scientists were able to turn around a vaccine in record time. Decades before COVID-19 changed our world, researchers were hard at work developing this reliable method for vaccines.

As the Moderna vaccine underwent clinical trials, it proved to be 94% effective at preventing symptomatic cases of COVID-19. In comparison to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, if you’re administered the Moderna vaccine, your second vaccination should be scheduled 28-days after your initial dose.

Quick Facts:

  • mRNA vaccine
  • Two doses, 28-days apart
  • 94% effective across ages, races, and genders

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

The latest vaccine to be approved by the FDA is from the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson. While the other vaccines use mRNA to introduce a spike protein to the body, this vaccine is what’s known as a viral vector vaccine. These types of vaccines use a modified version of a different virus (not the virus that causes COVID-19) as a vector to produce a harmless spike protein that causes COVID-19. This triggers an immune response and stimulates antibody production inside your body. Viral vector vaccines are another great option to give us protection without having the consequences of becoming ill.

During clinical testing, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine proved to be 72% effective at preventing COVID-19, and 86% effective at preventing severe symptoms. While these numbers are well below the efficacy rates of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccine, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is easier to store and only needs one dosage, rather than two. Additionally, this vaccine was 100% effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths during trials.

Quick Facts

  • Viral vector vaccine
  • One dosage
  • 72% effective across ages, races, and genders
  • 100% effective against hospitalizations and deaths

While there may be differences between all three vaccines currently available, you should not wait to schedule your vaccination when you’re eligible. Additionally, all three of these vaccines use spike proteins to trigger an autoimmune response; they will not infect you with COVID-19. You may experience some minor side effects after vaccinations; symptoms typically last for 24-48 hours. If you have any additional questions regarding the available COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the CDC’s website.

If you’ve been exposed to someone who has recently tested positive for the coronavirus, or are traveling soon, schedule your COVID-19 test at your local ARCpoint Labs. With convenient testing options available, get the information you need before you make decisions about seeing friends, family, or returning to work.

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Safely Return to the Workplace

Safely Return to the Workplace

As life slowly starts to return to normal with more vaccinations underway, you may be wondering how to safely return to the workplace. While the number of vaccinated people currently outweighs the number of active cases of COVID-19, there’s still a risk of being infected. Internal safety precautions, COVID testing, and bulk vaccinations are three ways you can limit your employee’s risk and return to the workplace. 

Internal Safety

Before you begin to bring employees back, take a look at how your office is currently set up. Are there any places with potentially high traffic? Can meeting rooms be properly spaced-out? Will you need to move desks around for a safe amount of distance between coworkers? If you’ve identified any areas that need some changes, prepare the office by making those updates.  Making employees feel comfortable and safe in your workplace can go a long way in building trust and increasing productivity. 

It’s possible that even after moving desks around and reducing capacities for meeting rooms, you’re still pressed for space. If that’s the case, look into using a rotating schedule where only a percentage of employees come in on certain days. While this may not be viable in the long-term, it is a great way to bring employees back over time. 

Inform your employees about the risks of COVID-19, how it’s spread, and how they can protect themselves with proper signage in high-traffic areas. Educating your staff can help limit your liability while making sure employees are taking proper precautions. Additionally, signage from trusted government agencies such as the Center for Disease Control can help limit any misinformation from spreading around the workplace. 

COVID-19 Testing

While some states are rolling out vaccines to all individuals over the age of 16, some staff may not be able to receive the vaccine. For these employees, or before your staff can all get their vaccines, COVID-19 testing is still a viable way to know who is infected and limit their attendance at work. Schedule on-site COVID-19 rapid testing with participating ARCpoint Labs locations and limit your liability for any unvaccinated staff. Find your local ARCpoint Labs location and contact us today to learn more about our convenient testing options. 

Rapid COVID-19 tests are a great way to identify individuals who are asymptomatic or displaying COVID-related symptoms. Since the common flu shares a few symptoms with a typical COVID-19 case, testing your staff can limit either virus from spreading around your staff. This means you can have a more productive staff that feels healthy and can worry less about their infection risk at work. COVID-19 tests such as the rapid and standard PCR tests may be required for foreign travel as well. So if your return to work plans include resuming foreign travel, be sure to schedule an appointment for your employees. 

Vaccines

Ultimately the long-term goal is to have 100% of your staff vaccinated. As states continue to expand the list of eligible people, scheduling a bulk vaccination appointment through your participating local ARCpoint Labs can help protect against severe COVID-19 cases. Currently, three vaccines are approved for Emergency Use Authorization from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. While there have been questions about if the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, rest assured that they are, and can help your workforce get back to normalcy. 

ARCpoint is working with the necessary health organizations to make sure we can continue to help our communities. Stay tuned for more information on available vaccinations at participating ARCpoint locations nationwide. 

As the list of participating locations grows, contact your closest ARCpoint Labs to learn more and schedule COVID testing for your whole team. If you’re looking for help developing a return plan that limits your liability and works for your needs, request your Return to Work guide today!

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Reflecting on the Past Year

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As the nation crosses the one-year mark since COVID-19 drastically changed our habits and lives overall, we want to reflect on how our efforts impacted our community. While cases began to rise in March in various states, our locations responded swiftly by providing comprehensive testing solutions and educating customers with verifiable information. Something ARCpoint has continued to do for over 20 years. Even though each state was hit hard at different times in different ways, our locations were flexible in supporting our communities when they needed it most. From ongoing COVID-19 testing to vaccines and returning to the workplace, we will continue to serve, whenever and however we’re needed. 

Antibody Testing

Just days before major sports leagues paused activities and businesses shifted to work-from-home policies, our locations began to receive COVID-19 antibody tests. Developed to identify a previous infection of COVID-19, these tests were instrumental in helping scientists discover how far the virus had spread in a few short weeks of being in the US. Scientists then were then able to study how the virus spreads, whether on surfaces, through the air, et cetera. Understanding the transmission of the virus in the early stages helped the scientific community conclude that wearing masks, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings is the most effective way to slow the spread.

Active Infections

In addition to the antibody tests, many of our locations began to offer PCR tests in the early months of COVID-19. This “gold standard” test was vital for identifying an active infection of COVID-19 and active infections in people that did not display any symptoms. Necessary before traveling abroad or returning to the workplace, this test was in high demand wherever it was offered. As the year continued, customers returned for their PCR tests if they felt ill, were possibly exposed, or to understand their risk before seeing loved ones over summer and fall. Being able to consistently provide accurate and reliable tests allowed ARCpoint to solidify our position as a pillar in our community. 

Reliable Information

Producing high-quality information that was scientifically factual helped bolster ARCpoint’s position as a knowledge hub for customers seeking to learn more about COVID-19 and the risks associated. With the help of Medical Director Dr. Chris Cherubino, our resources were properly vetted before production so people knew they could trust what they were reading. These articles and resources help ease confusion as new and conflicting information about the virus seemed to change every day. Providing a reliable source of information that was easy to understand helped our community get the answers they needed to know. 

Looking Forward

As we look to the future, ARCpoint Labs will continue serving our communities whenever and however necessary. From assisting with vaccine rollouts to on-site COVID-19 testing, we are preparing to help our neighbors return to life before the virus, as best we can. For companies returning to the workplace, our comprehensive guide will assist in limiting the risks of bringing employees back. For individuals who can’t get vaccinated quite yet, but want to know their current infection status, our convenient testing options are here to help. We’re hopeful for 2021 and are thankful that we were able to respond to the call when our community needed us most.  

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COVID-19: How The UK Strain Impacts You

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With multiple variants of the novel coronavirus spreading across the U.S., you may be wondering what all of this means for you. When a virus remains active as long as COVID-19 has, small mutations are to be expected. These mutations are being discovered in various variants spreading across the world such as the UK strain. So let’s answer a few questions you may be having about the UK strain’s impact on current COVID-19 efforts.

How Does the UK Strain Affect Americans?

 

1. Are COVID-19 tests impacted by the UK strain?

Answer: Not significantly

2. Are the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines still effective?

Answer: Yes

Authorized for use by the FDA, the AcculaTM SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) test is widely used to detect an active infection of COVID-19. The impact the UK strain has on the accuracy of the AcculaTM test “does not appear to be significant” according to the Federal Drug Administration. This means that your rapid PCR COVID test from ARCpoint Labs isn’t significantly impacted by this new UK strain. Knowing that these tests are still accurate can give you the peace of mind you need before seeing friends and family, or returning to the workplace.

When the UK strain first began to spread, the vaccine manufacturers, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, began testing how effective their vaccines were at preventing severe cases of COVID-19. These initial tests have shown that the new UK strain has had little impact on the efficacy of the vaccines. Pfizer/BioNTech were “encouraged” by the early-stage findings from the tests, and will continue to research how COVID-19 variants affect its vaccine.

Similarly, vaccine maker Moderna launched a clinical testing program to see how the new UK strain influences its vaccine’s effectiveness. Ultimately, Moderna discovered that the new UK strain had “no significant impact” on how its vaccine develops neutralizing antibodies to fight off severe cases of the virus. While further testing is required for both vaccine manufacturers, this initial round of results is very promising.

As the mutated UK strain continues to be found in states across the country, there is no discernible impact on current AcculaTM COVID-19 rapid tests or vaccines.

Slow the Spread with ARCpoint Labs Testing

 

Find which COVID-19 test is right for you and visit your local ARCpoint Labs location to get peace of mind before visiting friends and family, or returning to the workplace. If you’re looking for more information Ron the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the CDC’s website.

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Dealing With Stress During COVID-19 

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It can be difficult to juggle the stress of the holiday season now in addition to rising cases across the country. As you prepare your fall and winter travel plans, it’s important to relax and not let all of the stress impact your immune system. 

The phrase “these are unprecedented times” is brought up frequently since COVID-19 became a part of our lives. But the truth of the matter is that very few people have experienced a worldwide pandemic of this scale. That inexperience can lead to stress and depression, which can have negative effects on your physical health and increase your risk of being infected by COVID-19. Keeping up with your mental health during these times is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Understanding the signs of stress can help you take the next steps to care for yourself or others. 

What Are The Signs?

Accepting the fact that there are events you cannot control during these times may be hard, but may also help you on the path to lowering your stress. Some folks worry about not being in control of the current situation. This worry can lead to other stressful habits such as spending too much time reading headlines, constantly scrolling through news articles and comment sections on social media, and a lack of sleep and/or appetite. Additional signs of stress due to COVID-19 can include:

  • Fear of you or a loved one being infected
  • The guilt of not fulfilling your duties such as working or helping others
  • Worry about losing income
  • Increase in alcohol and/or drug intake
  • The anxiety of being isolated or unable to see loved ones
  • Fear of being labeled if you are infected

Since everyone handles situations differently, there may be additional stressors that are unique to you so please consult a physician or therapist if you feel your stress levels are too high. It’s also important to understand that it’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, and scared during these times, but constant feelings can lead to a decline in mental and physical wellbeing. Coping with this stress can feel overwhelming and feel like it’s never going to end. Taking steps to alleviate the situation can help you feel better and allows you to focus on your physical health. 

Coping With The Stress

Knowing you’re not going through this alone can help you cope with the stress. If you do feel isolated, call or text your friends and family members to check on them and make sure they’re doing okay. Keeping these connections can help you know how they’re physically doing along with keeping you company for a little while. Extending this kindness to strangers can also help lower your stress as well. Studies show that helping others raises dopamine levels which makes you feel happier. This “helpers high” can come from assisting elderly neighbors with grocery shopping, picking up medications, and other essentials.

If you are not showing signs of COVID-19 or haven’t tested positive, taking a walk outside and reconnecting with nature allows you to get exercise in a relaxing environment. While outside, it’s important to still keep a distance of 6-feet between you and others and wear a cloth face-covering in public. Additional steps you can take to improve your mental wellbeing and lower your stress can include: 

  • Keep up with daily routines with a schedule and task list
  • Limit screen time. Spending too much time on social media and websites can increase anxiety
  • Limit news intake about COVID-19 to only accurate, reliable sources such as the CDC
  • Eat healthy meals, and drink plenty of water
  • Be mindful and considerate of others
  • Practice breathing exercises for relaxation
  • Find a mediation that works for you

If you plan on traveling for the holidays, encourage your family members to take a Standard PCR Viral COVID-19 test. Known as the “gold standard” for testing, the PCR test identify an active infection with results in 3-5 business days. Knowing if you or a family member have an active infection or are cleared for travel can help you make a plan to keep yourself and your family safe this holiday season. Visit the CDC’s page on Holiday Celebrations during COVID-19 if you need more information on how to stay safe this fall and winter. 

Understanding that we’re all going through this together can help ease the feeling of isolation and can help build compassion for others. At ARCpoint, we’ve been here for you and our communities since the beginning and will be here throughout. With convenient testing options available, you can get the information you need to help you cope with the stress. Whether it’s finding out if you have an active infection with COVID, were infected at some point, or need more information on your general health, we have testing solutions for you. Find your local ARCpoint Labs and get the peace of mind you need to help cope with the stress. 

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COVID-19 versus Flu Symptoms

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As COVID-19 cases are on the rise again and temperatures begin to cool down, you may wonder if that cough or fever is the flu or the novel coronavirus. Knowing the difference between these two highly contagious respiratory illnesses can help you get the right treatment for a speedy recovery. 

What’s the flu?

We’re sure you’ve heard about the flu at some point in your life, but maybe you’ve never taken the chance to learn more about what it is or how to detect the symptoms. The flu is a respiratory illness that is caused by influenza viruses that target the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Spread by small droplets that are emitted while sneezing, coughing, or talking, this virus can be quite contagious. The Center for Disease Control estimates 38 million symptomatic cases of the flu will occur in the United States between 2019 and 2020. With so many cases, it’s important to know the symptoms so you can get the proper treatment if you’re feeling unwell.

Symptoms of the flu can include: 

  • Fever (temperature over 100°)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Headaches

 

If you have at least one of the above symptoms, you may be infected with the flu. These symptoms come on quickly, typically 1 – 4 days after your initial exposure. If you or a loved one displays any one of the above symptoms, it’s important to limit contact with others by staying home from work or school. The CDC recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except for getting medical care or other necessities. Getting plenty of rest and drinking water are additional ways to help your body fight off the flu virus. 

What’s COVID-19

Similar to the flu, COVID-19 is an illness that targets the respiratory system such as the lungs, nose, and throat. First discovered in late 2019, this virus also spreads through droplets emitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or breathes. One key danger of COVID-19 is that someone who is infected may not display symptoms while still contagious. Those who are asymptomatic carriers can continue to spread the disease if they are not practicing social distancing, or wearing a mask while in public places. 

While this disease has been discovered for over a year, scientists are still discovering new information about this particular coronavirus. For any new information regarding how the disease is transmitted or new symptoms, please visit the CDC’s website. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

 

While the flu symptoms can come on rapidly, COVID-19 symptoms can develop between 2 and 14 days after the initial exposure with the average case showing symptoms on the 5th day after exposure. Even though someone may not display symptoms until 5 days after the initial exposure, they could begin to spread the virus days before. If you or a loved one is experiencing at least two of the symptoms above, it’s important to get tested to know if you’re infected and self-isolate for a period of two-weeks to limit exposing others. 

What’s the difference?

The flu and COVID-19 contain very similar symptoms, however, there are a few key differences between the two. While coughing may indicate an infection of either disease, the flu produces a more mild, dry cough, with COVID-19 producing more of a persistent cough that’s also dry but can leave you short of breath. COVID-19 may also result in a new or sudden loss of taste and/or smell, which is different from the flu. 

Get Tested

While comparing what you’re feeling to a list of symptoms can help you get a better understanding of what your body is fighting off, the only way to diagnose your illness is through testing. With both flu tests and COVID-19 tests available at select locations, find your local ARCpoint Labs and schedule your appointment. As COVID-19 cases are on the rise nationwide and flu season approaches, we’re here to help you get the information you need to stay safe.  

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Whitney’s COVID-19 Experience

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Whitney Street, an employee of ARCpoint, likes to keep a busy schedule at work and home. The mother of two is typically getting things done with a get-up-and-go attitude, but that came to a screeching halt a few months ago. 

One morning, she woke up and found she simply couldn’t “get up and go” and felt like she had been “hit by a truck.”And as the day continued, her aches began to worsen, and regular behaviors like holding her phone were proving difficult. 

She had been working from home, limiting her exposure by only going out when necessary, and practicing safe social distancing, so she didn’t think there was any way she could be infected with COVID-19. But Whitney stayed home and self-isolated, as a precaution, just in case there was any chance that’s what was happening. Her body aches and fatigue continued for weeks, and she didn’t even have the energy to go get tested for COVID-19. 

After 16 days of ongoing symptoms and pure exhaustion, she woke up one morning with a renewed energy and was able to get back to her busy schedule. But as soon as her initial symptoms cleared, she lost her sense of taste and smell, which are also symptoms associated with COVID-19. This lasted for an additional 14 days, bringing her total timeline of symptoms to 30 full days before she finally felt somewhat back to normal. 

While she never got a COVID-19 viral test done, Whitney was pretty sure that’s what she’d been battling. After making a full recovery, Whitney started her new job at ARCpoint Labs. It was there that she learned about some additional testing options. Her new co-workers suggested she get an antibody test, and possibly even a Tru-Immune test, which tests for neutralizing antibodies and gives you a protective immunity score. 

Whitney took both tests, and they both returned positive results. The antibody test indicates her body naturally produced the antibodies necessary to fight off a COVID-19 infection. Her Tru-Immune results show that her body did have protective immunity at the time of the test. This information can be extremely valuable when it comes to making decisions about donating convalescent plasma, which can save the lives of patients with severe cases of COVID-19. In fact, once Whitney had her Tru-Immune results, she immediately made her appointment to donate plasma, and she plans to do it again as soon as she is able.

Those antibody tests are just two of the tests in ARCpoint Lab’s full range of COVID-19 testing, which we offer as part of our commitment to keeping communities safe. ARCpoint also offers viral and antigen testing, which detect an active SARS-CoV-2 virus in the body. These tests can help you make informed decisions about returning to work, traveling, and whether or not you need to self-isolate. Take a look at our COVID-19 Testing Options to determine which test is best for you, and find your local ARCpoint Labs to make an appointment. Still have questions? Visit our COVID-19 FAQ page to learn more.

When we asked Whitney what advice she would give to someone who thinks they might have COVID-19, she said, “Listen to your body. And be sure to stay home and self-isolate. Don’t go out if you have any symptoms, except to get tested.” She also advises, “Don’t do what I did and skip the test. If you are showing symptoms, or think you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, go get tested. Trust ARCpoint Labs for a fast turnaround, so you can get your results quickly, protect your family, and get back to being YOU as soon as possible.” 

Whether you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for an active infection or are displaying symptoms yourself, it is important that you contact your Primary Care Physician and self-isolate to slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community.

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Do Your Part: Social Distancing

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As the world continues to shift behaviors to slow the spread of COVID-19, keeping space between you and others in public places is one of the best practices to keep yourself safe while doing your part to slow the spread. Known as social distancing, people are encouraged to keep at least 6 feet of space between themselves and others in public, avoid large gatherings, and stay out of crowded places.

Keeping your distance not only helps slow the spread, but it can also help you stay safe and healthy. Individuals may be infected with COVID-19 days before they show symptoms, so it’s best to practice caution when interacting with others that do not live in your house. If someone is infected and sneezes, coughs, or even talks, it’s possible the disease will spread through the air which is why it is important to practice safe social distancing when in public.

Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone is at risk of being infected by COVID-19 and spreading it throughout their community. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community. Steps you can take to help limit the spread while practicing social distancing are:

  • Staying 6 feet away from others in public
  • Avoid gatherings of any size outside of your houses such as a friend or family member’s house, restaurants, gyms, parks, shops, and other gathering spots
  • Consider curbside or delivery for groceries or prescriptions
  • Use a face covering or cloth mask when in public
  • Work from home whenever possible
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis
  • Digital/distance learning for students

If you would like more information on how you can help protect yourself and your family during these times, please use official sources of information such as the Center for Disease Control.

Other articles to consider:
How To Protect Yourself and Others
CDC: Social Distancing
People Who Are A Higher Risk for Severe Illnesses
Households Living in Close Quarters: How to Protect Those Who Are Most Vulnerable
Living in Shared Housing
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
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