COVID-19 Testing: Role and Limitations of Testing

It is true that quick and easy testing is required in order to achieve containment (case identification and contact tracing) after mitigation has achieved a very low prevalence. Significantly, for Baptist Health the identification of an IgG response will probably make it possible to identify a cadre of healthcare providers who will be able to interact with COVID-19 patients, or suspected COVID-19 positive patients, with less risk to themselves and their families. Join Dr. Allan Feingold as he discusses the latest information related to COVID-19 testing.   

Target Audience

All interested healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, laboratory personnel, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and physician assistants.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess the underlying nature of the available COVID-19 tests. 
  • Determine the role and limitations of testing from a practical epidemiological perspective.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Cheng, H. Y., Jian, S. W., Liu, D. P., Ng, T. C., Huang, W. T., & Lin, H. H. Contact Tracing Assessment of COVID-19 Transmission Dynamics in Taiwan and Risk at Different Exposure Periods Before and After Symptom Onset. JAMA Internal Medicine.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Testing for COVID-19. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. (2020). COVID-19 Projections. https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections 
  • Abbott. (2020, April 27).  ABBOTT LAUNCHES COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST. https://www.abbott.com/corpnewsroom/product-and-innovation/abbott-launches-covid-19-antibody-test.html 
  • New York State. (n.d.). COVID-19 Testing. https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Laboratory Personnel
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
Course opens: 
05/01/2020
Course expires: 
04/30/2021

Allan Feingold, M.D., FRCP(C), FCCP
Medical Director
Occupational & Environmental Medicine
South Miami Hospital

Allan Feingold, M.D., FRCP(C), FCCP, indicated that neither he nor his spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and he will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation or discussion.

Conference Director
Bernie Fernandez, M.D., indicated that neither he nor his spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Laboratory Personnel
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
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