At Immediate Care by Curewell, we’re committed to keeping our patients healthy and providing the best care available. With the current pandemic, we now provide COVID-19 Testing.
You will typically receive your lab results within 72 hours. However, with the recent increase in demand, we have seen results take up to 5 days. You will receive a call from Curewell Care once your results are available. On the call, you will be asked to verify your patient identity with your name and date of birth.
COVID-19 Discharge Instructions
1. You have been tested for the genes that cause COVID-19. What should you do while you wait for the results to come back?
Per the CDC (Center for Disease control) recommendations, we recommend you self-isolate until you have received your results.
2. There is no proven treatment yet for this strain of virus. There are some things you can do to help increase your immune system fight off a severe infection:
Ensure you get the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C. 90mg is recommended. Excessive oral doses of Vitamin C can cause diarrhea.
Take Tylenol for body aches and/or fevers. Do not exceed more than 4g of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) per day unless you hear otherwise from your primary care physician.
You will typically receive your lab results within 48-72 hours. You will receive a call from Curewell Care (Downers Grove Immediate Care) once your results are available. On the call, you will be asked to verify your patient identity with your name and date of birth.
3. How does the COVID-19 test work?
The oropharyngeal swab OR nasopharyngeal tests for the presence of three 'Sars-cov-2' proteins/genes. These are the genes that have been found to cause the virus.
4. Positive Test?
Please self-isolate for 14 days. Continue Vitamin C. Close household contacts can be assumed to be positive as well if they also develop symptoms. Alternatively, they may need to be tested to return to work depending on their employer.
Most symptoms can be managed at home. However, please seek further medical care at the Emergency Room if you develop chest pain, severe cough, shortness of breath, unrelenting fevers, severe abdominal pain, or diarrhea causing dehydration.
If your symptoms have resolved and two weeks have passed since your initial test, the CDC recommends re-testing to ensure you are no longer a carrier prior to returning to work.
5. Negative Test?
If you are still having symptoms continue supportive care with Tylenol, Zinc, Vitamin D and Vitamin C. You can consider getting retested in a week if you are still having symptoms. However, please seek further medical care at the Emergency Room for further evaluation if your symptoms worsen.
If you have tested negative and need a note to return to work or school, you may call us at (630) 506-5553. Be ready to verify your name, date of birth, and professional duties. This is only if you are having no symptoms at all or minimal symptoms.
As always, feel free to reach us at (630) 506-5553 if you have further questions!