COVID-19 Updates and FAQs
For the most accurate and up-to-date information, we highly recommend that our patients refer to the CDC website and Maryland Department of Health.
Is COVID testing available in the office?
Yes. We currently have same-day PCR testing available, as well as rapid antigen and send-out PCR testing. Testing for patients who are symptomatic or who have a known exposure to COVID-19 can be arranged through an in-person or virtual visit with one of our doctors. Routine testing for school, work or travel can be scheduled through our nurses.
Testing may be performed outside, weather permitting.
What should I do if I think I might have been exposed to or contracted the virus?
Testing and clinical guidance can be arranged by scheduling a virtual (telemedicine) visit with one of our doctors, who will evaluate you and determine the best course of action. CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine can be found here. Please note that these guidelines represent the MINIMUM isolation and quarantine recommendations. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 to high-risk individuals, a longer isolation or quarantine period may sometimes be advisable.
Most children, adolescents, and young adults who develop symptoms of COVID-19 will have a relatively mild and self-limited illness and can receive supportive care at home. More information about caring for a family member with COVID-19 symptoms can be found here.
Anyone with difficulty breathing or speaking, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, trouble waking up, or a bluish discoloration of the lips or face should seek medical attention right away.
Do I need Paxlovid?
After weighing the potential risks and benefits, treatment with an antiviral medication like Paxlovid may be considered for patients 12 and over with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness. Please schedule a televisit with your provider if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are wondering if antiviral treatment is indicated.
What do I need to know about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C)?
MIS-C is a rare but serious downstream reaction to COVID-19 infection that causes a systemic inflammatory response. It tends to occur several weeks after a child was infected with SARS-CoV-2. Children who exhibit the following symptoms should be evaluated by a healthcare provider:
Fever for > 24 hours (especially fever lasting for more than 3 days)
Abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea
Neck pain or stiffness
Redness of eyes, lips or tongue
Most children diagnosed with MIS-C require hospitalization, but almost all recover fully. For more information about MIS-C from the CDC, click here.