Antibody Tests - an Update
all currently available antibody tests for Corona virus are not sufficiently tested for quality and the pivotal questions:
- Did others than the manufacturers of the test already check it for accuracy (sensitivity/specifity)?
- Does the test react to only this virus (SARS-CoV-2) and no other Corona virus?
- Are these antibodies protective and avoid a renewed infection or are they just "collateral" antibodies as in HIV: They appear but do not protect.
As soon as a validated, quality approved test is available, the next question will be:
Who should be tested?
We should keep in mind not test these who first say "me!" but those who really need it for medical reasons.
The result of such a test should always be followed by medical decisions and actions. A test should never be done out of curiosity although I absolutely understand everyone's desire and impatience to know their status.
in the last couple of weeks the pandemic hast been pushed back very well, and we all contributed to that.
Nevertheless it is not over, on the contrary: According to virologists and epidemiologists (way) less than 5% of the population in Germany has been through the Corona infection.
Consequently, this means that this is just the beginning. The main part of the virus spreading still lies ahead. While at the beginning of March we had an inadequate panic among parts of the population, one can now observe a tendency to play down the threat by the virus. This is potentially dangerous since it can quickly destroy past efforts. Non-qualified "celebrities" believe to have a say in the media. This is inadequate and harmful. Please choose well whom to listen to and when better to switch the channel.
Balance between fighting the pandemic and economic survival
It is difficult to find a balance between restrictions of our daily life fighting the pandemic and a certain normalization of our life and job since we have to live on something. I'm in the same situation since I also have to reduce many economically necessary actitivities to protect patients and my team.
Every single one of us bears a responsibility for human lives these days. Thus we all are obliged to adapt our behaviour and find a compromise that allows us to counter the virus and secure our own economic survival. And this challenge won't change in the months to come, thus it is recommended to prepare mentally for this long-time adjustment.
Keeping one's distance to others and face masks
Aside from keeping one's distance (6 ft), face masks seem to be a simple and effective means to protect others from oneself's germs. Therefore it is urgently recommended to carry masks when in contact with others in closed-off rooms. But this can only protect us if everyone adheres to the recommendation since masks only protect others and not the one who carries it. Someone without a mask should consequently not enter a bus.
Besides that, please note that the outer surface of the mask is to be regarded as contaminated, so avoid touching it. If you are forced to put the mask in your bag, fold it with contaminated surfaces facing each other.
I'd like to use this opportunity to thank everyone for providing self-made masks. This makes sure that every patient who enters our practice can carry a mask so everyone will be protected and infections avoided.
Latest medical findings
There is a lot of research going on now. As soon as relevant data will be available I will let you know. The next developments I expect to come are drugs countering the virus and an antibody blood tests in selected cases in clinics.
this is an update regarding the Corona pandemic in Germany.
Limitation of contacts
The measures of the past two weeks have shown positive results. The rate of new infection has been reduced by half. Without this measure we would have twice as many patients on intensive care. So it was worth reducing our contacts and keeping distance from others.
thank you so much for your excellent cooperation: You helped us taking care of your requests without the need to present yourself in person. You indirectly safe lives because the pandemic advances much more slowly. This keeps more ressources available in hospitals to take care of critcally ill patients.
We have cancelled our vacation from April 14th to 18th so we will be available for you.