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COVID-19 Specialist

Jivana Care -  - Family Medicine

Jivana Care

Family Medicine located in Bethesda, MD

The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect millions of people around the world. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, family medicine specialists Gezzer Ortega, MD, and the team provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at Jivana Care in Bethesda, Maryland. Protecting yourself against COVID-19 is the best way to keep the virus from spreading through your community. To learn more, call Jivana Care or schedule an appointment online now.


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an illness caused by the novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It has spread globally and infected millions of people around the world. What sets this coronavirus infection apart from others in the past is its potentially life-threatening side effects. 

While many people experience no symptoms at all from COVID-19, others develop severe respiratory complications that can require hospitalization and intensive care.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe and can affect many aspects of your health. 

Some of the most common COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Lost sense of taste and smell
  • Chest and nasal congestion

With a wide range of symptoms, COVID-19 can be difficult to diagnose without accurate testing. That’s why Jivana Care offers COVID-19 testing at their office.

What is COVID-19 testing?

COVID-19 testing is a quick and simple process. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests currently produce the most accurate results for detecting the presence of COVID-19 in your system.

During the test, the team inserts a long swab into your nostril to collect a sample from your nasal passages. Then, they insert a second swab into your other nostril. In some cases, they may swab the back of your throat to test your saliva.

Most patients receive their test results within a day or two. The team recommends quarantining for 14 days if you’ve come in contact with a known case of COVID-19.

What is the COVID-19 vaccine?

There are currently three brands of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Each vaccine is effective at protecting against COVID-19, but they have different shot schedules.


After your first Pfizer dose, the team monitors you for 15 minutes to check for negative reactions to the vaccine. In 21 days (three weeks), you should return for your second dose. It takes about two weeks for your immune system to create antibodies against COVID-19.


Like Pfizer, Moderna is a two-dose vaccine. After your first dose, you should return in 28 days (four weeks) to receive your second shot.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is a one-dose shot, so there’s no need to return for a second dose.

To learn more about your COVID-19 vaccine and testing options, call Jivana Care or schedule an appointment online now.