Coronavirus (Covid-19): I tested positive. Here’s what happened.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19): I tested positive. Here’s what happened.

(Originally posted April 2020; updated August 2021: I have now tested positive for antibodies eight times and negative twice.) (Original April post here; updates below) I tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). I was tested via the antibody (serological) test program run by New York State on Saturday, April 25, at the Co-op City pop-up site […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the antibody tests: Here are our citizen science and journalism project results

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the antibody tests: Here are our citizen science and journalism project results

Our citizen science journalism project with Covid antibody tests is over, and the results are conclusively inconclusive. Out of 32 members of the group (including me) who used our in-home antibody tests from Wuhan, China, 6 were positive, 17 were negative, 4 were invalid and 5 were not returned. Among the people who tested negative […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: How would you go about getting a reliable antibody test?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: How would you go about getting a reliable antibody test?

Let’s say you want a trustworthy Covid antibody test, to establish that you have coronavirus antibodies. Where should you go? Should you avoid or disbelieve any tests or testing locations? What else should you know? Does a trustworthy test exist? Has the technology improved to the point that we can believe any of the tests? […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: I tested positive for a fourth time

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: I tested positive for a fourth time

I have now tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) antibodies four times, and negative twice. The most recent test is in a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, “COVID in the Community: Sampling the Unsampled.” They sent out a test kit with a rapid antibody test to do at home, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: Mayo Clinic doctors find many antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: Mayo Clinic doctors find many antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News

“A number of commercially available COVID-19 antibody tests, which look at a patient’s blood for signs of past infection, did not pass Mayo Clinic quality screening or meet their expectations for use, researchers from the hospital concluded in a joint investigation by the clinic and ABC News,” Dr. Mark Abdelmalek and Megan Christie wrote for […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

By JEANNE PINDER and PHOEBE PINDER We went to CityMD Urgent Care in Mamaroneck, N.Y., just north of New York City, on May 10, Mother’s Day morning, to get coronavirus (Covid-10) antibody testing. They told us on the phone to walk in with insurance card and ID. We would be screened and tested on the […]