Antibody Testing for COVID19: May 2020

surgicalMaskMany of you have called the office asking about COVID19 testing. Antibody testing is a piece of the puzzle in determining whether or not someone has had a coronavirus infection. The results of antibody tests are best interpreted in the context of your clinical history. This means your pediatrician is the best person to help you decide if testing is appropriate and when it is most useful. Your pediatrician is also the best person to help you interpret the test. Please contact us before making any decisions about COVID antibody testing. We are here to help. 
 
If you are interested in the possibility of having this test done for your children, please call to schedule a telehealth visit to discuss whether or not testing is right for you, and how we can make it happen. The COVID testing requires a blood draw and cannot be done by fingerstick at this time. Results take 2-5 days to be reported.
 
While a positive antibody test may mean you have been infected with a coronavirus like SARS-Co-V2, the virus that causes COVID19, no one can make any conclusions as to what the result will mean for the patient in terms of future immunity. We must all continue following the recommendations of social distancing, hand washing and wear a face covering while out.
 
Keeping you safe, healthy and well-informed is our number one priority.  
 
We are here for you, and we will get through this together.

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 WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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