“Today’s” Dylan Dreyer has revealed that she has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies after her husband fought a “really scary” battle with coronavirus.
The mother of two had just returned last week from maternity leave to co-host the “The 3rd hour of Today.”
Dreyer, 38, had both a nasal swab and blood test which showed that she has COVID -19 antibodies, but does not have the actual virus.
Cleary confused by the results, Dreyer asked NBC medical contributor Kavita Patel during Wednesday’s live segment what the diagnosis meant, asking: “Am I invincible now?”
Dr. Patel replied it was an “evolving science”, adding, “Unfortunately, as much as it would be comforting to believe that that the antibody test means you’re invincible, the truth is we don’t know.”
There are currently two types of tests available, a nasal swab that checks to see if a patient currently has the coronavirus, and a blood test that confirms the presence of antibodies that indicate past exposure to the virus.
Dr. Patel also said that the tests are “pretty good, not perfect,” noting, “There has been a wide variation in the performance of these tests.”
The doctor went on to underline that the best actions to take are maintaining social distance, wearing non-medical masks in public and washing hands regularly. On the subject of antibodies and immunity, Patel said, “We do believe from research to date that there is some short-term immunity, but that hasn’t been proven in long-term studies, it’s something we’re tracking closely.”
She explained that having antibodies is “valuable” to be able to warn others about past contact with the virus, but said to continue to maintain an “abundance of caution.”
When she asked Dr. Patel about testing her kids, Dreyer was informed that the virus has not been found in breast milk but was also told that, based on where she lives in New York City, her sons — 4-month-old Oliver and 3-year-old Calvin — could meet the criteria for being tested.
Dreyer‘s husband, cameraman Brian Fichera, took to social media to reveal his own fight with the coronavirus — while the family was quarantining in their Manhattan apartment together.
In an April 15 post to Instagram, he wrote, “The headaches were debilitating. No amount of Tylenol could put a dent in my headaches or temperature.”
He also detailed the “emotional component” to this the virus. “I cried. ALOT. I never cry (unless ‘Homeward Bound’ or ‘Forrest Gump’ is on tv).”
“It’s the Freddy Krueger of virus’s (sic) because it knows where you are weakest and knows your deepest fears and it attacks accordingly.”
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