MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Many people are considering taking a COVID-19 test in the days to come to figure out if it’s safe to gather for the holidays.
“Everybody in health care is pleading with people to be sensible, not to travel and mix up with family,” said Baptist Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Steve Threlkeld.
Despite the doctor’s orders, many people desperate to see loved ones this Thanksgiving do not plan to let COVID-19 stop them.
“If we wait for family and friends to get it before we take it serious, it will be too late,” said Threlkeld.
Many still willing to take their chances are considering a rapid COVID-19 test ahead of the holiday.
Typically you can get your results back in 20 to 45 minutes.
Places offering the service include Zup Med, where it costs $135 and you must have symptoms to qualify for a test.
Red Med Urgent Clinic also offers rapid tests. You do not need to have symptoms, but testing is first come first serve.
Select Walgreens also offer this form of testing.
Kroger just launched antibody testing. This form of testing determines whether you may have had COVID-19.
“A lot of people we tested are just curious,” said Kroger Pharmacist Lindsey Henson. “Maybe they have been working throughout the pandemic. This test costs $25 and results come back in 15 minutes.
Rapid COVID Testing sites:
Red Med Urgent Clinic: https://www.redmedclinic.com/arlington/
Zup Med: https://www.zupmed.com/
Kroger Antibody Test: https://www.kroger.com/health/pharmacy/covid-care
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