13 May 2020 22:35
Dylan Dreyer has revealed that she tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies after losing her sense of taste and smell following her husband Brian Fichera's battle with the 'diabolical' illness. The NBC News meteorologist, 38, took care of their two young children by herself while Brian, 33, spent 10 days self-isolating in their son Calvin's bedroom in mid-April, but as she noted on the Today show Wednesday, 'it is a small apartment.' Dylan assumed that she had contracted coronavirus after experiencing common symptoms but wasn't able to get tested at the time. News: Dylan Dreyer, 38, revealed on the Today show on Wednesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies weeks after her husband Brian Fichera battled the illness The works: The meteorologist said she took a nasal swab test to see if she had active coronavirus as well as an antibody test 'My results for COVID came back negative, but the antibody test came back positive,' she told Al Roker on the third hour of the Today show. NBC News medical contributor Dr. Kavita Patel joined them during the segment to answer Dylan's questions about her results and what it means for her breastfeeding baby son, Oliver. Expert opinion: NBC News medical contributor Dr. Kavita Patel appeared on the show to talk about Dylan's results, saying she should still practice safety guidelines and social distance 'You should still continue to social distance as you are, wear a non-medical mask and practice hand hygiene for the sake of yourself and others,' Dr. Patel said, noting that some people can develop antibodies while still having coronavirus.
Struggle: Dylan assumed she had contracted the virus from her husband after losing her sense of taste and smell, but she wasn't able to get tested at the time Next steps: Dr. Patel said Dylan's sons Calvin, three, and Oliver, four months, could meet the testing criteria because they have been in close contact with her and her husband Dylan, who assumed she caught the illness from her husband back in March, wanted to know if she should get her two sons Calvin, three, and Oliver, four months, tested. Dr. Patel said that it is a conversation she should have virtually with her pediatrician, but based on where her family lives in New York City, her two boys could meet the testing criteria because they have been in close contact with her and her husband. 'We have not detected the virus itself in breast milk, so it's been safe for mothers who are [COVID-19] positive, to safely, wearing a mask, to breastfeed their children,' she also noted. Dylan revealed last month that had a painful case of mastitis — an inflammation of breast tissue — just days before her husband Brian began experiencing 'debilitating' coronavirus symptoms. She was so sick in late March that she initially feared she had contracted the coronavirus, and based on the results of her antibody test, it's possible that she had.
The co-host and meteorologist spoke with Dr. Kavita Patel on the 3rd hour of TODAY about whether she now has immunity from getting the virus and what it means for her two young children. "Unfortunately, as much as it would be comforting to believe that an antibody-positive test means you're invincible, the truth is that we don't know," Patel said. Dylan had direct exposure to the virus because her husband, Brian Fichera, was diagnosed with it in March and had "a really scary" battle with the illness while quarantining himself in the bedroom of their 3-year-old son, Calvin, at their New York City apartment. That prompted Dylan to get a nasal swab test to see if she had active coronavirus, as well as an antibody test, which determines if your body has had an immune response to a past coronavirus infection. Patel advised that Dylan continue to practice safety guidelines even though she tested positive for antibodies.
While speaking to a health expert, Dreyer, 38, was told she likely came into contact with the viral illness when her husband Brian Fichera was diagnosed in April. While she didn't show any symptoms, she was still advised to adhere to all social-distancing guidelines, as there is no evidence yet that having COVID-19 antibodies means that a person is immune from getting it again. Dreyer previously opened up to PEOPLE about self-isolating with her husband and their two sons, Calvin, 3, and Oliver, 4 months. "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. 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. 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. NBC News medical contributor Dr. Kavita Patel joins the 3rd hour of TODAY to talk about the results of Dylan Dreyer's coronavirus antibody test. Though Dylan tested positive, Patel says it doesn't mean she's "free and clear" of the virus.