For patients with symptoms, the sensitivity of both PCR and antigen tests is improved.
PCR is the most sensitive test but has a long turnaround; antigen testing costs money.
- QUEST: turnaround time 3 to 4 days
- LA Curative site: turnaround time 2 days
- Private sites can cost over $100
- Antigen testing: done in our office
- 89% sensitive but drops to 70% if patient has no symptoms
- Results back within 1 hour; costs $75
Exposed to COVID-19, no symptoms
- Full incubation period is 14 days, but close to 80% develop COVID within 2 to 5 days of exposure.
- A negative test does not exclude the disease and is not a guarantee you will or won’t get coronavirus.
Living in the house with someone positive for COVID-19
- Do not share the same bathroom or bedroom, if possible.
- Wear a mask in common areas.
- You can contract COVID anytime during that period of infectivity of COVID-positive patient.
- Typically, a patient is considered infectious for 10 days. Note this possible scenario: one could contract the disease on their day 10 and incubate for 13 days and come down with COVID a full 24 days after the initial patient first got sick.
- Use an oximeter to monitor your oxygen saturation.
- If consistently under 93%, go to the ER.
- Monitor your symptoms and temperature daily.
Vitamins and medications
- Vitamin D3 1000IU to 3000 IU daily
- Vitamin C 1000 mg twice daily
- Quercetin 250 mg once daily
- Zinc 50 mg daily
- Melatonin 6 mg nightly
- Early Outpatient Protocol
- Vitamin D3 4000 IU daily
- Vitamin C 2000 mg twice daily
- Quercetin 250 mg twice daily
- Zinc 100 mg daily
- Melatonin 10 mg nightly
- Aspirin 325 mg daily
- Pepcid optional 20 mg once daily
- Ivermectin (prescription) 0.2mg/kg one dose day 1 and 3
- Monoclonal antibody for eligible COVID-19 patients
- Enhanced immune attack on the virus, limits viral replication.
- Used for outpatients not requiring oxygen; single 700mg dose administered by home infusion.
- Eligible patients:
- Test positive for SARS-COV2/COVID-19, and within 10 days of symptom onset
- 65 years or older
- Obese with BMI over 35
- Chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or on immunosuppressive meds/chemotherapy
- Over 55 years old with hypertension, respiratory disease or cardiovascular disease