“As we speak’s” Dylan Dreyer has revealed that she has examined constructive for COVID-19 antibodies after her husband fought a “actually scary” battle with coronavirus.
The mom of two had simply returned final week from maternity depart to co-host the “The third hour of As we speak.”
Dreyer, 38, had each a nasal swab and blood take a look at which confirmed that she has COVID -19 antibodies, however doesn’t have the precise virus.
Cleary confused by the outcomes, Dreyer requested NBC medical contributor Kavita Patel throughout Wednesday’s reside phase what the analysis meant, asking: “Am I invincible now?”
Dr. Patel replied it was an “evolving science”, including, “Sadly, as a lot as it might be comforting to consider that that the antibody take a look at means you’re invincible, the reality is we don’t know.”
There are presently two varieties of assessments out there, a nasal swab that checks to see if a affected person presently has the coronavirus, and a blood take a look at that confirms the presence of antibodies that point out previous publicity to the virus.
Dr. Patel additionally mentioned that the assessments are “fairly good, not excellent,” noting, “There was a large variation within the efficiency of those assessments.”
The physician went on to underline that the most effective actions to take are sustaining social distance, carrying non-medical masks in public and washing palms usually. With regards to antibodies and immunity, Patel mentioned, “We do consider from analysis thus far that there’s some short-term immunity, however that hasn’t been confirmed in long-term research, it’s one thing we’re monitoring carefully.”
She defined that having antibodies is “precious” to have the ability to warn others about previous contact with the virus, however mentioned to proceed to take care of an “abundance of warning.”
When she requested Dr. Patel about testing her youngsters, Dreyer was knowledgeable that the virus has not been present in breast milk however was additionally informed that, based mostly on the place she lives in New York Metropolis, her sons — 4-month-old Oliver and 3-year-old Calvin — may meet the standards for being examined.
Dreyer‘s husband, cameraman Brian Fichera, took to social media to disclose his personal combat with the coronavirus — whereas the household was quarantining of their Manhattan house collectively.
In an April 15 submit to Instagram, he wrote, “The complications had been debilitating. No quantity of Tylenol may put a dent in my complications or temperature.”
He additionally detailed the “emotional element” to this the virus. “I cried. ALOT. I by no means cry (except ‘Homeward Certain’ or ‘Forrest Gump’ is on television).”
“It’s the Freddy Krueger of virus’s (sic) as a result of it is aware of the place you’re weakest and is aware of your deepest fears and it assaults accordingly.”