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Res Ipsa wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 5:07 pm
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Mon May 11, 2020 12:55 pm
So this just happened. I got a call to come in for routine blood labs and an office visit with my PCP. I asked if they had the antibody tests--yes. When I go in for the office visit I'm going to find out what the criteria is to take the antibody test and see how that goes. Reason: I was sick right after my birthday in early March. I am not convinced I was exposed to the virus but I did have odd symptoms come on during that period of time and I'd like to know. Not sure if that is a good reason to do it. I'll figure it out when I go for the office visit.

I also don't know what the controls are on the testing. How many times you can be tested.

I'll just report back after the appointment so folks can see what it might be like for testing if they're interested or have reason to think they might've been exposed. Whether or not I was tested and why/why not. Also outcome if I do get tested.
Ask if it’s an ELISA test.
That's the one from Abbott labs isn't it? I don't know how it's doing. Help! Come back and tell me if I want ELISA.

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Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:31 pm
Update from me: I'm 34+3 today. I've been diagnosed with preeclampsia, moved to x2/wk monitoring, and given steroid shots to strengthen the baby's lungs in anticipation of early delivery.

Outcomes for 34-37 week preemies are generally very good, so I'm not panicking, but this is new territory for me.

No sign of COVID in my household.
My wife had pre eclampsia with my son. It was hard on her but it went away after my son was born and he turned out perfectly healthy though 3 weeks early.

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Isn't a cruise ship pretty much a floating tent city?

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Jersey Girl, the ELISA tests are generally more accurate because they give you the level of antibodies in your blood. They do have to be processed in a lab. I believe Abbott’s is a rapid detection test, which will give a yes or no like a pregnancy test does. It does not need lab processing. The false positive rate is reported to be .4%, which is low. I haven’t tried to do the math on how the low base rate of infections affects that. Lemmie could probably do it in her sleep.

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Tue May 12, 2020 1:17 am
Jersey Girl, the ELISA tests are generally more accurate because they give you the level of antibodies in your blood. They do have to be processed in a lab. I believe Abbott’s is a rapid detection test, which will give a yes or no like a pregnancy test does. It does not need lab processing. The false positive rate is reported to be .4%, which is low. I haven’t tried to do the math on how the low base rate of infections affects that. Lemmie could probably do it in her sleep.
You came back! :surprised: I don't know if I can just get a test on a request basis but I'm going to try to. I also don't know--are they free or how many times we're allowed to be tested? Does that make sense? I dropped the ball on following the testing because I got confused about them then the drug trials stole my attention.

Do you know which antibody tests,if any, are completely worthless? I suppose if they'll give me one, I can just take whatever it is and live with it. Then, I'll report back here what took place. I'll have the test names written down when I go in because like I said, I was sick just after my birthday with something weird.

I don't think I posted about it. I had a slight hot/chills fever and no thermometer at the time. Shooting pains on the right side of my head which I never get and something was going on in the area of the right side tonsil. Cough all night and spending lots of time in the restroom. It wasn't a common cold. I just rode it out for a week or so, took a decongestant and Tylenol. Slept when I could and had no energy. Anyway, it was something unusual and I always get flu shots so...who knows. I'll nail down the time frame for my PCP by when I ordered a new thermometer...by the time I got it I was okay. Sorry if all of that is TMI. It's good for me to write it out to remember all the symptoms.

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Just nabbed this online from some place. I'll bold what I had.

Symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following:
Fever
Chills

Repeated shaking with chills
Muscle pain
Headache
Sore throat

New loss of taste or smell

I might have had some shortness of breath but I can't say for sure. Sore throat? I thought I was getting tonsillitis on one side.

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Yeah, just ask your doctor which test it is and we can look at the numbers if you test positive. Of the top of my head, I think antibody production was found to peak at something like 24 days after symptoms stop. I believe there are only for that have been allowed for use under an EUA, and I think the FDA changed its policy of letting treats be used even without an EUA. I’ll see if I can pull a link to the recent study that has encouraging news on antibody production.

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Tue May 12, 2020 2:24 am
Yeah, just ask your doctor which test it is and we can look at the numbers if you test positive. Of the top of my head, I think antibody production was found to peak at something like 24 days after symptoms stop. I believe there are only for that have been allowed for use under an EUA, and I think the FDA changed its policy of letting treats be used even without an EUA. I’ll see if I can pull a link to the recent study that has encouraging news on antibody production.
I'll call them tomorrow and ask the type of test. I actually think if I got the virus it would dick me away in a New York minute. But who knows? I'm loaded up on stuff that's supposed to help you get through it and have been for a very long time...I might as well ask for a test.

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Here’s the preprint from a recent New York study. Almost everyone who tested positive while sick produced strong levels of antibodies. But most people who thought they had a mild case and weren’t tested probably didn’t have it. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101 ... 20085613v1

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Tue May 12, 2020 2:43 am
Here’s the preprint from a recent New York study. Almost everyone who tested positive while sick produced strong levels of antibodies. But most people who thought they had a mild case and weren’t tested probably didn’t have it. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101 ... 20085613v1
PCR-positivity was detected up to 28 days from symptom resolution.
That's probably not going to work for me then because this was back in March and was over with by March 13 because that's when I received delivery on a thermometer. What should I do? Forget it?

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No, that’s the PCR, not the blood test. If you had it, you should have detectable antibodies.

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Res Ipsa wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 2:52 am
No, that’s the PCR, not the blood test. If you had it, you should have detectable antibodies.
Okay It's obviously too late for me to think. :eek: We're talking about a titers test aren't we then? I'll just call tomorrow, ask what they have then run it by you here. Thanks for all the info.

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https://www.reddit.com/r/science/commen ... ng_global/

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Levels of two major air pollutants have been drastically reduced since lockdowns began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a secondary pollutant – ground-level ozone – has increased in China, according to new research.

Two new studies in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters find nitrogen dioxide pollution over northern China, Western Europe and the U.S. decreased by as much as 60 percent in early 2020 as compared to the same time last year. Nitrogen dioxide is a highly reactive gas produced during combustion that has many harmful effects on the lungs. The gas typically enters the atmosphere through emissions from vehicles, power plants, and industrial activities.

In addition to nitrogen dioxide, one of the new studies finds particulate matter pollution (particles smaller than 2.5 microns) has decreased by 35 percent in northern China. Particulate matter is composed of solid particles and liquid droplets that are small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs and cause damage.

The two new papers are part of an ongoing special collection of research in AGU journals related to the current pandemic.

Such a significant drop in emissions is unprecedented since air quality monitoring from satellites began in the 1990s, said Jenny Stavrakou, an atmospheric scientist at the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy in Brussels and co-author of one of the papers. The only other comparable events are short-term reductions in China’s emissions due to strict regulations during events like the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com ... 20GL087978

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