As we look ahead to the prospect of slowly and safely opening up our city and state, knowing your exposure and immunity to the virus is crucial. With continued cautiousness and access to both COVID-19 testing and Antibody/Serology testing, we will continue to keep our COVID-19 infection rates low.
Are you planning to:
Please get tested, even if you've been vaccinated!
Pfizer and Modena COVID-19 vaccines are 90% effective. Checking your antibodies will make sure they are still present and getting COVID-19 PCR tested will make sure you are still protected. Most commercial insurance companies pay 100% in and out of network for all COVID-19 testing.
Quick-turnaround COVID-19 testing is available. Know your status. Test often! Protect yourself, your family, and your friends.
COVID-19 PCR testing is a nasal swab designed to detect the current presence of COVID-19. This test tells you if you currently have COVID-19 or not despite symptoms you may or may not be experiencing.
Antibody/Serology testing is a blood test designed to detect the presence of IgG antibodies which indicate exposure to COVID-19. This test does not tell you if you currently have COVID-19 or not. It simply determines if you have been exposed to the virus. If you have the presence of antibodies in your blood, it is still possible that you are also currently COVID-19 positive.
For those patients who are currently presenting with known symptoms, whether mild or not, I recommend getting tested for the presence of COVID-19 on nasal swab in addition to having Antibody/Serology testIng.
I have seen many patients who initially test positive for COVID-19 and remain positive for many weeks after. It is important to understand that if you test positive and self-quarantine for 14 days, the virus does not automatically disappear, whether you have symptoms or not. It is highly likely that you will remain positive for several weeks. You cannot be certain you are negative until you repeat the COVID-19 nasal swab test and actually test negative.
My staff and I have been working tirelessly; testing and treating COVID-19 patients since March 2020. As our weather changes and respiratory infections become more commonplace, I can't emphasize enough the importance of being aware of possible cold symptoms that are similar to COVID-19. It is critical that you reach out to our office to discuss possible diagnostic tools and treatment options. Being proactive makes all the difference.
If you would like to be tested for COVID-19, COVID-19 antibodies, need a telemedicine/virtual visit, or just need a routine in-person visit, please book an appointment online or call the office at 212-420-6460.
I regularly post on Instagram with COVID-19 updates on statistics and precautionary measures to minimize exposure and treat symptoms.
After being on the front line for months, I clearly see that the power of change is in our hands. This pandemic will eventually end, but we must do the right thing every day to prevent spreading this virus. I implore you to wear a mask when you go out, keep good social distance, boost your immune system with vitamins and antioxidants, and keep your social circles tight.
Please feel free to reach out to us if we can be of any assistance during this difficult time.
Michele Martinho, MD
Dr. Michele Martinho is an experienced and personable internist who treats men, women, and gender non-binary patients throughout New York City. Dr. Martinho is passionate about medicine and views her role as working in partnership with patients to help them live healthy, long, and deeply satisfying lives. The office is conveniently located at 308A East 15th Street (at 2nd Ave) between the Gramercy Park, Union Square, and East Village neighborhoods of New York City.