COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a new virus in humans that is causing a contagious respiratory illness. COVID-19 can present with a mild to severe illness, although some people infected with COVID-19 may have no symptoms at all. Older adults and people of any age who have underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Serious outcomes of COVID-19 include hospitalization or death. The SARS-CoV-2 virus can be spread to others not just while one is sick, but even before a person shows signs of symptoms of being sick (e.g. fever, coughing, difficult breathing, etc.). A full list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found at the CDC's website.
Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Malibu Urgent Care is utilizing the Abbott Diagnostics ID NOW COVID-19 molecular testing platform. Following collection of a specimen from the nasopharynx using a swab, the test can detect the virus that causes COVID-19 in approximately 15 minutes or less. These results, along with other information, can help our healthcare providers make informed recommendations about your care. The results of the test may also help limit the spread of COVID-19 to your family and those you come in contact with.
What We're Doing to Keep You Safe
Malibu Urgent Care has implemented the following safety measures for your protection:
- Temperature checks and screening for every person entering our facility, including staff
- Universal masking of employees, physicians and patients, at all times
- Physical distancing in our waiting areas and clinical areas
- Increased cleaning and disinfection for all common areas and clinical spaces
- Limited visitors in clinical areas
For the most up to date information on COVID-19 please visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage.