COVID19 101: Care Instructions after Testing

First Aid NeonResources for patients who have been tested for COVID19 follow.

This information is evolving rapidly and is provided effective 3/15/2020. Visit the CDC website for updates.

Once the patient has been evaluated for other other known infections, the COVID 19 specimens are sent to the lab. As of March 14, 2020, we have been told the turn around time for results is 4-5 days but it may be longer.

Once your child’s test has been obtained, you must quarantine your child at home until the results are back.

Home Quarantine Information from Contra Costa Department of Public Health

Home Quarantine Information from the CDC

Steps to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus if You are Sick from the CDC

Positive test results for COVID-19: What next? from Contra Costa Department of Public Health

Coronavirus and You from the CDC

What to Do if you are Sick with Coronavirus from the CDC

When and How to Use Masks from the World Health Organization

Why Don’t Cough Medicines Work from Dr. Asta

Cough Medicines and Kids from Dr. Asta

General information about symptom duration for colds, influenza and other respiratory tract infections other than COVID19 are here.


About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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