The One About COVID Testing
At this time we at Premier Pediatrics do not test and cannot write an order/script for COVID PCR or antibody tests. This is based on current AAP, CDC and New York DOH Guidelines. At Premier Pediatrics we currently recommend that children should only be tested if they are sick enough to require an emergency department visit or hospitalization.
These guidelines however are quickly changing on a weekly basis and as soon as testing recommendations change, we will be sure to notify you.
There are two types of tests for COVID-19 available for children. The PCR test and the antibody test which are described below.
PCR (Nasal Swab) test
The PCR (nasal swab) test will tell you if you currently have COVID-19. A swab is inserted deep into the nostril to collect a sample from the area at the back of the nose where it meets the throat.
An antibody is a marker in the blood that indicates the body’s immune reaction to an infection. This antibody test requires a blood sample drawn from a vein. It will determine if your body has already built up antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19.
We are learning about COVID-19 every day and information is quickly changing. We are hopeful that the presence of antibodies will help protect against future infection, but we don’t yet know with any certainty if they provide immunity or how long immunity would even last. Regardless of the antibody test result, at this time all adults and children should continue to follow the recommendations in regards to social distancing, wearing masks in public when unable to socially distance, and good hand washing.
If you have specific questions or concerns, we would be happy to arrange for a telemedicine visit to discuss more.