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Pediatrics East Physician Featured in Healthline Article About Risks of Avoiding COVID Testing

BIRMINGHAM – Pediatrics East physician Gigi Youngblood, MD, was featured in a recent article about the potential dangers of avoiding COVID-19 testing.

“Not knowing the cause of an illness does not change what is happening within the body,” Youngblood said. “We are in a situation where we have access to a test that can improve our ability to provide answers to stop the spread of a virus within a community and help guide parents in important decisions about their child’s health.”

In the article, Youngblood explained that instead of skipping out on testing, what families really need right now is better education and organization.

“We are still actively fighting the spread of profoundly inaccurate information about this virus and the effects of the disease it causes,” she said. “We need families to better understand the wide spectrum of outcomes we are seeing after COVID.”

The full article is available online at