Since symptoms of the coronavirus often overlap with those caused by the seasonal flu, this rapid test serves as an important diagnostic tool by identifying whether a patient has been infected and by what illness. Armed with accurate information, patients can seek appropriate medical treatment.
HOUSTON (PRWEB) December 04, 2020
As winter approaches and colder weather brings more people indoors, the risk of spreading viruses increases dramatically. A bad flu season can strain healthcare resources, and with this year’s double-whammy of flu season coinciding with the raging coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers are preparing for an overwhelming number of patients. To help accurately diagnose patients who are suffering from a range of symptoms, GMED Global, LLC, an international institution specializing in medical education and health care workforce development and solutions, today announced that it is offering 3-in-1 COVID-19 and flu testing at its three Rapid COVID Clinics. The rapid test accurately detects infection caused by COVID-19 and Influenza A and/or B viruses, helping the patient to determine the proper course of treatment.
“Infection rates for COVID-19 have been steadily rising across the United States for several weeks, and we expect the spread of the virus to spike following the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Dr. Ramin Ahmadi, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of GMED. “Since symptoms of the coronavirus often overlap with those caused by the seasonal flu, this rapid test serves as an important diagnostic tool by identifying whether a patient has been infected and by what illness. Armed with accurate information, patients can seek appropriate medical treatment and follow appropriate precautions to prevent further spread of these viruses.”
GMED’s Rapid COVID Clinic utilizes the rapid Sofia 2 Flu + SARS Antigen FIA test manufactured by Quidel, one of the few rapid antigen tests in the country, and approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The test includes a pain-free nasal swab that can be self-administered - minimizing the exposure between test takers and health care providers. This highly accurate test directly detects the presence of COVID-19 and Influenza A and/or B and test results are returned the same day.
GMED’s Rapid COVID Clinic testing locations and hours are as follows:
Houston/Westbury (5556 Gasmer Dr, Houston, TX 77035)
Monday-Friday 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Houston/Kirby (3773 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027)
Monday-Friday 7 am – 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 3 pm
Phoenix/Old Town Scottsdale (6940 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251)
Testing by appointment only
Monday - Friday 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 4 pm
The test does not require a doctor’s referral. Individuals must schedule an appointment for the Phoenix testing site; Houston locations offer testing by appointment and on a drop-in basis.
GMED’s Rapid COVID Clinic also offers on-site 3-in-1 COVID-19 and Influenza A and/or B screening to assisted living and nursing homes, area businesses, federal health clinics, and schools. Discounted rates are available to healthcare workers, dentists, law enforcement, first responders, flight crew, postal workers, and school employees with proper identification and children under the age of 17 years old.
For more information about testing locations, rules, procedures, and hours of operation, or to schedule an appointment visit http://www.rapidcovidclinic.com.
About GMED Global
GMED Global LLC is a healthcare network that works across the globe to support NGOs, hospitals, medical schools, and governments to establish training and development programs in health care and medical education. Based in Houston, the GMED network has a global reach, with offices in San Francisco, New York, New Haven, Toronto, Monaco, and Riyadh. Through a unique partnership with the Royal College of Canada, GMED’s Kazan State Medical University offers a pathway for future doctors to practice medicine in North America. GMED’s subsidiary businesses span the scope of the health care industry, including mobile hospital development, healthcare logistics and supply chain staffing, contact tracing, and education and testing. For more information visit https://www.globalhealthresponse.com/.