What MedStar Health is Doing
Programs & Services
COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Infusion
COVID Recovery Program
MedStar Health Video Visits
- Call the office to see if a MedStar Health Video Visit is right for your appointment.
- New patient appointments available.
- Then, our team will schedule your visit just like we would a routine visit in the office.
- Connect with your provider over secure video from your tablet, smartphone, or computer.
Symptoms: What You Should Do
Stop the Spread of Germs
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients will be provided with a face mask upon entering a MedStar Health facility.
Visitors are expected to bring their own face mask. If they do not have one, a non-procedural face mask will be provided.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is not enough evidence right now to suggest that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from becoming infected again. While research is being conducted to determine whether the presence of antibodies indicates immunity for the COVID-19 virus, scientists have concluded that it’s not safe to rely on the test to make decisions about treatments.
The bottom line is you should not use a positive antibody test result to assume you can relax physical distancing/precautionary practices (such as wearing a mask to protect others) since you cannot be certain that you are immune from COVID-19.
If you have had the COVID-19 vaccine, it is most likely you will produce antibodies that are detected in our laboratory tests. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. However, the antibody tests currently available do not measure the amount of antibody present. Nor do these tests guarantee that the detected antibody neutralizes the SARS-COV-2 virus to prevent infection. Companies are working to make tests that can measure antibodies and neutralization available in the coming months.
Despite the production of antibodies after receiving the vaccine, we still recommend protection of yourself and others through continued use of masks and physical distancing; remember, the best vaccines are still only 95% effective. And, while a vaccine might prevent you from developing symptomatic disease, we do not yet know if it will prevent you from passing the virus on to others.
It’s important to understand that the antibody test cannot tell you with great accuracy if you have been exposed to COVID-19. And we do not yet know if the presence of antibodies indicates immunity.
A negative test means the test didn’t detect antibodies in your bloodstream and they probably/likely are not there, but it is not a 100 percent certainty of being negative (meaning you have not been exposed).
As the largest provider in the region, it is our responsibility to empower patients with the most up-to-date information regarding antibody testing, as well as provide access to the best available testing platforms. Although major organizations like the WHO, CDC, and the State of Maryland do not endorse using these results due to insufficient data about the reliability of the tests, we are aware that many patients are still interested in undergoing antibody testing. To address this interest and ensure that you have access to the best antibody test currently available, our primary care and urgent care sites will offer access to antibody testing, as well as pre- and post-test counseling so that you understand your results and what they mean.
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste and/or smell
If you believe you have COVID-19, and you are sick with fever, cough, and have worsening difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away. Follow these steps:
- Call your doctor's office before you go, even if you have already scheduled an appointment.
- Tell them if you believe you have COVID-19.
- Tell them about recent travel and close contacts (such as people in your household).
- If you are advised to seek medical attention, upon arrival, we will place a mask on you to protect you and those around you.
Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last and if testing is allowed to reduce quarantine time. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine:
- After day 10 without testing
- After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
- Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
- If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
- Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, and avoid crowds
- Coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you should call your doctor only if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, and signs of lower respiratory illness.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact (6 feet) with anyone who has symptoms or is sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices
- If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care
- If you haven’t been vaccinated, please continue to wear a face mask
MedStar Health’s infectious disease and incident preparedness experts are closely monitoring developments and coordinating with national and local health authorities, and we will update this information as the situation evolves.
COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests: MedStar Health hospitals and MedStar Health urgent care facilities will accept reimbursement of $51.31 for the COVID-19 test using either CPT Code 87635 or HCPCS code U0002 (as applicable) and $100 for COVID-19 testing using either HCPCS code U0003 or U0004.