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FLU/COVID-19 Rapid Test Offers Peace of Mind Quickly

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Author name: Lee Health

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Got the sniffles? Can’t shake that mild headache? Maybe you’re feeling a little feverish and have a sore throat.

Uh-oh. The flu season is here, and with it, that other nasty virus, COVID-19, of course.

You can find out which virus you may have quickly with a combination flu/COVID-19 test, says Emergency Medicine physician Karen Calkins.

“The combination rapid test, administered using a nasal swab, offers patients results within 15 minutes,” Dr. Calkins says.

Because some of the symptoms of (influenza) and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, according to Dr. Calkins, who also is medical director of Lee Convenient Care and Employee Health and Occupational Medicine.

“The flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but are caused by different viruses,” Dr. Calkins explains. “If you’re experiencing symptoms of the flu or COVID-19, you can visit a convenient care center for a clinical assessment and, if recommended, receive a rapid COVID-19 test.

This way, based on the test results, we ensure that you receive the right treatment, at the right time, at the right place. That’s always our priority as your healthcare partner.”

Looking to get rapid tested for COVDI-19 and flu?

To be eligible for the rapid COVID-19 test, you must:

1. Currently be experiencing symptoms of infection

2. Register as a patient to be seen at one of the Lee Health Convenient Care locations below:

Convenient Care - Pine Island Road
1682 NE Pine Island Road
Cape Coral, FL 33909
Open daily 7 a.m.–7 p.m.

Convenient Care - Page Field
4771 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907
Open daily 7 a.m.–7 p.m.

Convenient Care - Metro Parkway
13340 Metro Pkwy, Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Open daily 8 a.m.—8 p.m.