We are now offering Antibody/Serology testing for Covid-19 in addition to continuing to offer testing for Covid-19 detection. Since I began testing for Covid-19 in mid-March, there has only been a negligible decrease in the overall percentage of positive cases among my patients.
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 are crucial, especially if you are a health care worker. With continued cautiousness and access to both Covid-19 testing and Antibody/Serology testing, we will make more significant strides in flattening the curve.
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.
Covid-19 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.
For those patients who have any current symptoms, whether mild or not, I recommend getting tested for the presence of Covid-19 before getting the Antibody/Serology test.
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 can't be certain you are negative until you repeat the Covid-19 nasal swab test.
My staff and I have been working tirelessly; testing and treating Covid-19 patients as well as many other health care issues. I can't emphasize enough the importance of being aware of possible symptoms. It is critical to reach out to our office to discuss possible diagnostic tools and treatment options. It is important to be proactive.
If you would like to be tested for Covid-19 nasal swap test or antibody/serology blood test -- or would like a telemedicine/virtual visit, 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 over a month, 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.
Please feel free to reach out to us if we can be of any assistance during this difficult time.
With utmost concern and healthful wishes,
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.