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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation and other studies

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation and other studies

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing has exploded in the New York area and across the nation. With that new testing, people are getting new opportunities to donate plasma for Covid-19 patients, or to take part in other studies. Here are some resources: Guidelines from the FDA on such studies Recommendations to health care providers and investigators […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and kidney disease: what do you need to know?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and kidney disease: what do you need to know?

Last week, the New York Times reported on the death of Jamal Uddin, a 68-year-old Brooklyn resident who died of kidney failure while in the hospital undergoing treatment for coronavirus. Uddin’s family said they pleaded for days with doctors at NYU Langone-Brooklyn, where he was in the emergency room, to put him on dialysis as […]

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

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

(Updated Aug. 24: I have now tested positive for antibodies four times and negative twice.) 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 in The Bronx. These tests use a bit of blood […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: How does it work? I did it, and I’ll tell you what it was like.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: How does it work? I did it, and I’ll tell you what it was like.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: What’s it like? I did it, and I’m here to tell you about it. I went to a Stop and Shop grocery store parking lot on a sunny Saturday afternoon, April 25, to get tested. The parking lot is in the Bay Plaza Shopping center at 2136 Bartow Ave., in The […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and the F.D.A.: How does approval work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) tests and the F.D.A.: How does approval work?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing accuracy is coming to the fore as a topic of discussion and the subject of public health policy around the world. With this conversation, we became really interested in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process. If it’s FDA-approved, it must be good to go, right? Wait, not so fast. Our […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer patients: How the sickest are affected

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer patients: How the sickest are affected

“The COVID-19 pandemic and responses to help prevent its spread have had far-reaching impact on all Americans, and particularly on cancer patients and survivors. Risk of infection, overloaded health care systems, shortages of food and supplies, and economic challenges all create unique barriers to achieving and maintaining health while fighting cancer and after,” according to […]

Fear of coronavirus (COVID-19) keeping people with heart symptoms away from ERs: STAT

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Fear of coronavirus (COVID-19) keeping people with heart symptoms away from ERs: STAT

“Stayc Simpson’s blood pressure readings are all over the place. Her heart rate is fluctuating wildly,” Usha Lee McFarling writes at STAT. “After struggling with heart failure and coronary artery disease for 15 years, undergoing a double bypass, and living with an implanted pacemaker and defibrillator, she knows her numbers aren’t good. She’s really worried. […]