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COVID-19 Specialist

K & M Care

General Family Medicine For All Ages located in Summerton, SC

If you suspect that you or a loved one has COVID-19, or you’re interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, K & M Care in Summerton, South Carolina, can help. Nurse practitioner Miranda S. Kerley and her highly trained staff offer COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and treatments to minimize your symptoms and help you recover as quickly as possible. Call the office, schedule an appointment online, or simply walk in today.


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It can cause symptoms that are mild, moderate, or severe and life-threatening in some cases. To find out if you have COVID-19, K & M Care offers COVID-19 testing.

If you’d like to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 or decrease your chance of developing serious symptoms, K & M Care providers offer COVID-19 vaccinations.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Your symptoms might develop 2-14 days after exposure to someone infected with COVID-19. Complications that can occur in some people are chest tightness and severe difficulty breathing.

What should I expect during COVID-19 testing?

During COVID-19 testing, you relax on a comfortable chair or exam table. Your provider inserts a cotton swab into your nasal cavity to get a sample of secretions. They test the sample for the presence of the COVID-19 virus. You could receive your results soon after testing, later on the same day, or within a day or two.

If you’d like to know if you have COVID-19 antibodies, which means you’ve had and recovered from COVID-19 in the past or you’ve developed antibodies because of a COVID-19 vaccine, K & M Care can use a simple blood test to find out.

What happens when getting a COVID-19 vaccination?

When getting a COVID-19 vaccination, you rest on a chair or exam table. Your provider injects mRNA substances into your arm using a very fine needle. Though you may feel a tiny pinch during the procedure, it lasts just a second or two. Afterward, you can expect redness or swelling at the injection site. Common side effects are similar to mild flu-like symptoms. 

What should I do if I get COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home, get plenty of rest, and drink a lot of fluids. If your symptoms become severe and you can’t breathe well, see your K & M Care specialist, head to the nearest emergency room, or call 911. COVID-19 treatments help reduce your symptoms and the risk of more serious complications. 

Ask your K & M Care provider when it’s okay to return to school or work after contracting COVID-19. If you’re still contagious, avoid close contact with other people.

To schedule COVID-19 testing or vaccinations at K & M Care, call the office, or book an appointment online today.