The Benefits of Rapid Testing for COVID-19 and Flu

by the Optima Medical Team

This year’s holiday rush of colds and flu may be especially bad with COVID-19 lurking around us, but there are solutions for keeping Yavapai County residents safe and healthy.

It’s not too late to get flu vaccinations, which are especially important in 2020-2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to help ease the burden on health-care systems responding to COVID-19. The CDC worked with vaccine manufacturers to have extra flu vaccine available this flu season.

Whether you’re wanting to know if you are sick, have already been sick or simply want your family and loved ones to know that you’ve been tested, rapid COVID and flu testing is a quick and convenient way to get you the answers you need.

And, whether you are looking to be seen in an exam room and receive testing or prefer the faster approach of drive-thru service, there are options. 

If you would like to schedule an appointment or learn more about Optima’s COVID-19 and flu services please visit: or visit one of our five Yavapai County locations. 

Please remember to wash your hands and wear a mask this holiday season!

The CDC reminds us that washing your hands is easy and a good way to prevent the spread of germs. It recommends following these steps each time:

  • Wet hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather hands by rubbing them together; lather the backs of hands, between fingers and under nails.
  • Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds. (Tip: Hum “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice).
  • Rinse hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

When hand washing isn’t possible, here’s how to apply hand sanitizer:

  • Apply the sanitizer to palm of one hand.
  • Rub hands together.
  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry. This should take about 20 seconds.