1. WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK I HAVE COVID-19?
Do NOT leave your home, except to get medical care.
Get tested for Covid-19 as soon as possible so that your close contacts know to quarantine and get tested themselves. A negative Covid-19 test does not rule out Covid-19 infection if you have symptoms. Many people are testing negative during the first 3 days of symptoms so if you are not feeling well, do not gather with other people and consider re-testing 1-2 days later.
If you have risk factors for severe Covid-19 infection then please contact my office as soon as possible in order to see if you may be eligible for monoclonal antibody or antiviral treatment.
Please view Los Angeles Department of Public Health instructions for isolation: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/HomeisolationenCoV.pdf
2. I was exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19. What should I do?
Wear a highly protective mask (N95 or equivalent) around others for 10 days. Get tested 3-5 days after you were last exposed. Monitor your health for 10 days. If symptoms start, stay home and get tested.
3. What should I do if someone in my household tested positive for Covid-19?
If possible, the individual infected with Covid-19 should isolate in a room separate from everyone else in the household. If this is not possible, then everyone who is able to should wear a high-quality face mask at home, eat meals separately from the infected person, and open windows and run a fan if possible in order to keep air flow through your home.
4. Who can get tested for Covid-19?
Anyone can get tested for Covid-19 through the City of Los Angeles. https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
I am referring all testing to free drive-through testing sites or recommend home rapid antigen Covid-19 tests (Abbott BinaxNOW, iHealth, Flowflex). If you have symptoms and test negative for Covid-19, you should test again after 1-2 days.
5. Where can I find reliable information about the current state of the pandemic?
For a clear and well-informed analysis of Covid-19 I highly recommend epidemiologist Dr. Katelyn Jelina’s website: https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/
I also recommend Dr. Michael Osterholm’s podcast: https://www.osterholmupdate.com/podcast
6. Should I get the updated Covid-19 booster vaccine?
YES: If it has been at least 2 months since your last dose of Covid-19 vaccine and you have not had Covid-19 infection in the last 90 days.
I encourage everyone eligible to be vaccinated.
We do not have Covid-19 vaccines in our office.