COVID-19

Advice from the Doctors of Frontier Direct Care

Cold & Flu Season is Rapidly Approaching

For the foreseeable future, COVID is going to be part of our winter cold and flu season. Fortunately, the worst of COVID is behind us! Since so many of us have been infected with the virus or immunized against it, we fully expect a much milder season than what we have seen in the past 2 years.

Nevertheless, we wanted to share FDC’s tips and tricks for dealing with COVID so that we can all be as fully prepared as possible. 

Watch this short video from Doc Lazz for more information on COVID this season.

Cold & Flu Season is Rapidly Approaching

For the foreseeable future, COVID is going to be part of our winter cold and flu season. Fortunately, the worst of COVID is behind us! Since so many of us have been infected with the virus or immunized against it, we fully expect a much milder season than what we have seen in the past 2 years.

Nevertheless, we wanted to share FDC’s tips and tricks for dealing with COVID so that we can all be as fully prepared as possible. 

Watch this short video from Doc Lazz for more information on COVID this season.

COVID-19

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What should I do if I’ve been exposed to COVID?

What defines COVID exposure?

COVID exposure occurs when you have been within 6 feet of someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, in any 24 hour period.

What if you haven’t had COVID and are not vaccinated?

If you have not been infected with or vaccinated against COVID-19, and you have been exposed, then you should follow the next two steps:

Quarantine at Home

Quarantine at Home

  • For 14 days from the date of exposure
  • Try to separate yourself from others in your home

Quarantine can end after 7 days if you take another COVID test with a negative result and no symptoms arise. 

Monitor COVID Symptoms

Monitor Your Symptoms

  • Fever higher than 100.4 degrees F
  • Cough/Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Nausea, vomiting, & diarrhea

If you develop any of the symptoms above, notify your Primary Care Provider to arrange for COVID testing. 

What if I’ve already had Covid or been Vaccinated?

If you have been infected or vaccinated against COVID-19, and you had a close-contact exposure, then you do not need to quarantine. However, if you do develop any of the symptoms above, you should contact your PCP to arrange for COVID testing.

What should I do if I’ve been exposed to COVID?

What defines COVID exposure?

COVID exposure occurs when you have been within 6 feet of someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, in any 24 hour period.

What if you haven’t had COVID and are not vaccinated?

If you have not been infected with or vaccinated against COVID-19, and you have been exposed, then you should follow the next two steps:

Quarantine at Home

Quarantine at Home

  • For 14 days from the date of exposure
  • Try to separate yourself from others in your home

Quarantine can end after 7 days if you take another COVID test with a negative result and no symptoms arise. 

Monitor COVID Symptoms

Monitor Your Symptoms

  • Fever higher than 100.4 degrees F
  • Cough/Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Nausea, vomiting, & diarrhea

If you develop any of the symptoms above, notify your Primary Care Provider to arrange for COVID testing. 

What if I’ve already had Covid or been Vaccinated?

If you have been infected or vaccinated against COVID-19, and you had a close-contact exposure, then you do not need to quarantine. However, if you do develop any of the symptoms above, you should contact your PCP to arrange for COVID testing.

What should I do if I start to have symptoms?

What should I do if I start to have symptoms?

There are 4 steps you should take if you have been exposed to COVID and start to experience symptoms:

Quarantine at Home

Stay at Home

Stay isolated from others, if possible. 
If that’s not possible, wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands frequently.

Schedule a Covid Test

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule an appointment online with FDC.
Within 24 hours after you start to experience symptoms is the best time to see your Doctor.

Identify Covid Exposure

Identify Exposures

Identify any direct, confirmed exposures. 

Ask:
“Was I around anyone who tested positive within 48 hours
of feeling symptomatic?”
Was I around anyone who tested positive within 48hrs of the time they became symptomatic?”
 “What day did they become symptomatic/test positive?”
“What day was I exposed to them?”

Covid Supplements

Take Supplements

Initiate recommended *Prophylactic Supplements:

  • Vitamin D3 (5,000 IU/day)
  • Vitamin C (500-1,000 mg/twice a day)
  • Quercetin (250 mg/twice a day)
  • Zinc (100 mg/day) 

If pregnant, please reach out to your provider directly before initiating the above protocol.

*Contact your Doctor to ask their recommended dosage for Prophylactic Supplements.  If nausea, diarrhea, or upset stomach occurs, reduce the dose of Vitamin C and Zinc in half. 

How do COVID tests work?

How do COVID tests work?

There are 2 different types of Viral Tests:

Antigen Test for COVID

Antigen Test

  • Done by using a swab inserted into each nostril
  • Tests for proteins found on the COVID-19 virus
  • Tests can be performed in about 20 minutes

Depending on when the test is done or how it is done, there can be a chance of a false negative. Your doctor may recommend a repeat test in a few days or a different type of test.

NAATs & PCR Tests for Covid

NAATs & PCR Tests

  • Done in a laboratory
  • Tests for genetic material of the COVID-19 virus
  • Tests can take up to a few days to complete

These tests may be more accurate than the rapid antigen test. There is still a possibility that the test may need to be repeated if it is done too early.

What About At-Home Tests?

At home tests are a good option if you have been exposed, but aren’t showing symptoms and want to make sure you weren’t infected. They can be found across the Valley at your local pharmacies like RGV Hometown Pharmacy, Walgreens, CVS, Amazon, and Walmart. Here are 3 tests to look for if you need to get one: