The thing that tipped me off that it was probably COVID was that I lost all sense of smell and taste. There was a night toward the end of my fever when my wife roasted a whole chicken in the oven and I had no idea there was anything cooking. Then a couple days later, as I was starting to feel better, I made a curry that she said was the spiciest she’s ever eaten. So clearly there was something wrong with my taste buds and my sense of smell. We were pretty sure I had it. … [Read more...] about 6 People on Life After a Positive Coronavirus Antibody Test
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How accurate do PCR tests need to be? The answer depends on what the tests are intended to do. “It’s kind of a philosophical question,” said Dr. Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “If you’re doing the test for clinical reasons, then you’re most concerned about finding people when they are transmitting the virus.” According to Mina, part of the public’s skepticism may stem from the expectation that all tests should recognize the virus, even in people who are not transmitting. “I think the Abbott ID NOW is actually probably a pretty good test,” said Mina. “Almost all of the cases it missed were probably in people who no longer had live virus or who at least were not transmitting because it was such an incredibly low viral count.” In other words, the differences between Abbott’s ID NOW and the gold standard may be clinically insignificant. … [Read more...] about How Reliable Are COVID-19 Tests?
Our research in Chilean nursing homes provides insights to this question. It shows that the risk from asymptomatic caregivers can be significantly reduced by asking staff members to provide daily reports on the health of their close relations and contacts, and the means of transport they used to commute. This information allows the nursing home to assess the individual risks facing each caregiver. Our research also suggests that there is a positive return to frequently testing caregivers for immunoglobulin M antibodies (IgM, those that the body generates after the onset of the infection to combat it) and immunoglobulin G antibodies (IgG, those that the body generates to prevent a new infection). Removing caregivers who tested positive in an immunoglobulin M or an immunoglobulin G antibody test, and then confirming an active infection with a PCR test, can significantly reduce the time an asymptomatic caregiver spends in a nursing home spreading the virus to the elderly and other … [Read more...] about Take care of the elderly by testing their caregivers
“I think I got it in New York and all the traveling, people coming into Newark airport at the same time,” he told The Athletic. “That's when the virus came from Europe and there was no shutdown. We were out in New York that weekend as well in a few restaurants. Who knows? There were people in Honolulu coming from China, and in Newark, they were coming from Europe.” … [Read more...] about Legendary NFL coach Bill Cowher, his wife tested positive for coronavirus antibodies back in April
When the season resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, the Nuggets will start with a 43-22 record, placing them 1 1/2 games behind the second-place Los Angeles Clippers and 1 1/2 games ahead of fourth-place Utah in the Western Conference playoff race. … [Read more...] about Positive Tests Force Nuggets to Close Practice Facilities