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 virus. In the past 8 weeks there has been widespread coverage in the media on [...]
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 community spread of the [...]
Why a serology test for Coronavirus should not be used as the sole test when making staffing decisions?
The landscape for SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) screening tests 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 in the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]