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Why all the buzz about the accuracy and reliability of COVID 19 tests on the market?

Edward Espinosa, DO, MPH - Medical Director, Buckhead Medicine As the country begins to emerge from the total shutdown imposed to control the exponential spread of the COVID 19 virus, widespread testing becomes key to controlling the community spread of the Coronavirus. In the past 8 weeks there has been widespread coverage in the media [...]

By | June 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

COVID-19: What employer can do legally to safeguard workplaces post-shutdown?

COVID-19: Workplace Safety Update The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) disease pandemic and the resulting total shutdown of workplaces for the past 2 months has been emotionally challenging for employers, employees and people in general, changing day-to-day life as we knew it in unprecedented ways. Now with shelter at home restrictions being lifted, and the real danger of [...]

By | June 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why a serology test for Coronavirus should not be used as the sole test when making staffing decisions?

The landscape for SARS-CoV-2 screening tests (COVID 19 testing) continues to evolve. When it comes to a serology test, shortcomings in the quality of testing, poor sensitivity, false negative rates, as well as variations in the interpretation of results can significantly impact decisions for employers wanting to screen their employees. Without a doubt, limitations exist [...]

By | June 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Addressing Confidentiality with the COVID-19 Surveillance System

Ordinarily, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) prohibits an employer from performing medical tests/clinical exams on its employees – but these are no longer ordinary times - we are now living in a new normal with unfolding waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the EEOC and the ADA to issue updates regarding what is permissible [...]

Coronavirus Update 12: Transitioning to routine annual exams and office visits

As we move forward cautiously to safely reopen the practice for annual exams and routine office visits, we wanted to update you on processes and protocols that we are implementing within the Buckhead Medicine office. We are committed to providing you with a safe and clean office visit and have therefore implemented changes to reduce [...]

By | June 1st, 2020|COVID-19|0 Comments

The Dogma of the Realities of the Accuracy of SARS-CoV-2 Tests!

SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, is a new/novel virus for the human race. One of the pillars of managing this virus and the pandemic is accurate testing. Testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains a challenge with regards to the accuracy of tests on the market. Epidemiologically, any diagnostic or laboratory test is [...]

Coronavirus Update 11: COVID-19 Surveillance System

In the upcoming weeks we expect businesses to begin the slow and cautious reopening process. We are rolling out a new service for business owners and employers to provide COVID-19 surveillance for their employees. This surveillance includes employee clinical evaluation, nasal pcr and antibody testing, as well as generation of summary reports for employers to [...]

By | April 28th, 2020|COVID-19, Covid-19 Surveillance System Blogs|0 Comments

Coronavirus Update 10: Serum Antibody Testing Now Available

We are now able to perform COVID-19 serum antibody testing for IgG antibodies. This test is being performed in our office and processed through Quest Diagnostics. This test is useful in determining possible immunity against COVID-19. This blood test will check for IgG antibodies. This blood test will not check for IgM antibodies. Please see [...]

By | April 22nd, 2020|COVID-19|1 Comment

Coronavirus Update 9: Continue to Shelter in Place

Thank you for all the sacrifices that you have made to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I know this has not been easy from a personal, social and financial standpoint. But because of your efforts, to quarantine at home, the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community has been markedly reduced. Your efforts [...]

By | April 21st, 2020|COVID-19|0 Comments

Coronavirus Update 8 – Convalescent Plasma Donation

Many of you have tested positive for COVID-19 either in our office or in the hospital and now are recovering or fully recovered. For the fully recovered patients, I would like to ask for your help. Convalescent plasma transfusion is a therapy that may help seriously ill COVID-19 infected patients. This is how it works. [...]

By | April 7th, 2020|COVID-19|1 Comment