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Nasal Swab


Testing Center located in Atlanta, GA, Alpharetta, GA, and Norcross, GA.

Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath or loss of taste? Did you have close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19? If you answered yes to these questions, you may benefit from a nasal swab at Getuwell at our locations in Alpharetta, Norcross, or Atlanta, Georgia, to name a few. To schedule your nasal swab, call the office or book online today.

Nasal Swab Q & A

What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus is a family of viruses that each cause respiratory infections like the common cold. In 2019, researchers discovered a new coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

SARS-CoV-2 is a highly contagious coronavirus that leads to the disease known as COVID-19. Though symptoms vary, COVID-19 may cause severe and life-threatening symptoms in the elderly or people with preexisting health conditions. 

Since its discovery, SARS-CoV-2 has infected millions of people around the world. Getting tested for the virus may help stop the spread. 

What is a nasal swab?

A nasal swab is the COVID-19 test offered at Getuwell. During the test, your provider collects samples of mucus from the back of your nose (nasopharyngeal area) and sends the sample out for testing.

To prevent false negative results, Getuwell uses the molecular-based rT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) to test your sample. 

This test, which was approved for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 under the Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA, carries the highest sensitivity for COVID-19. 

Do I need a nasal swab?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or were recently in close contact with people who tested positive for COVID-19, then you may benefit from nasal swab testing at Getuwell.

You may also need a nasal swab if you’re experiencing some of the common symptoms of COVID-19, such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Loss of taste or smell

To learn more about the nasal swab test and whether it would benefit you or someone you love, contact Getuwell today to learn more. 

What happens during a nasal swab?

Your nasal swab at Getuwell is a quick test that takes about five minutes. During your test, your provider inserts a cotton specimen swab into your nostril and pushes it through to your nasopharyngeal area, which is the area at the back of your nose.

Your provider rubs and rolls the swab to saturate it with mucus and saliva. For accurate results, the team at Getuwell may perform a nasal swab on both nostrils.

After collecting your specimens, the team sends your samples to the lab for testing. In most cases, you should have the results of your nasal swab within three days.