Don’t fear the Swab: Managing the Anxiety of COVID-19 Testing in Baltimore
-Faith Adebule PsyD, LCPC
Getting tested for COVID-19 in Baltimore can bring a lot of anxiety especially when you have met the testing criteria like exposure, having symptoms, or your doctor has recommended testing. It is scary knowing there is a chance, even a slight one, that you could find out 48 to 72 hours after testing that you could have the coronavirus.
You’re not alone in your anxiety about getting tested for COVID-19. However, stressing about getting tested can affect your immune system, therefore taking steps to reduce your stress in a healthy way is important. One way to lessen worry is to be familiar with CDC guidelines for managing mental health during a pandemic. Another way to manage stress is by limiting computer screen time and media exposure.
Change Health Systems is here to help you manage the fear of getting tested for COVID. We offer mental health treatment services through telehealth or in-person sessions at our locations in Baltimore and Hagerstown to help you manage your anxiety and other mental health issues like depression.
Additionally, we offer testing for COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) through Acutis Diagnostics using the SARS-CoV-2 Real-time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel. The test itself is 2 to 3 seconds of unpleasantness and you will be on your way. The overall experience is very professional and efficient.
How do you know when to get tested for COVID-19 Testing in Baltimore?
Don’t fear the swab and take care of your health. Even if you test positive, learn how to protect your loved ones, and take care of your mental health while you are in quarantine.