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COVID-19

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Men and COVID-19: Autoimmunity, OH MY!

As COVID-19 social distancing practices are relaxed, new COVID-19 infections continue to be reported. There have been several disturbing reports regarding long-term post-infection consequences, including new evidence that COVID-19 infections may...

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The Limitations of At-Home COVID-19 Testing

The currently available at-home COVID-19 antigen tests may or may not provide accurate information if your patient has the Omicron variant, if they are testing outside the window of opportunity, or if the sample collection is insufficient. So, why bother...

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Which is Superior, COVID-19 Antibody Testing, or T-Cell Testing?

As winter approaches, monitoring the antibody status of patients who have been vaccinated or exposed to the COVID-19 virus is imperative to patients’ health. Luckily, multiple studies have been completed providing guidance as to which testing option is...

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COVID-19 antibody assessment and delta-variant risks

With an increasing percentage of the population at least one-dose vaccinated, the expected decline in COVID-19 infections has not happened, primarily due to the presence of the COVID-19 delta variant in North America. What has changed is who gets...

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Don’t Guess, Assess! Using S-RBD Antibody Tests to Evaluate COVID-19 Immune & Vaccine Responses.

The development of successful COVID-19 vaccines is the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. As more and more individuals in the general population get vaccinated, “herd immunity” is developed, and herd immunity can help protect even those who...

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The Pitfalls of Rapid COVID-19 Testing

It seems that almost every attempt to “open up” out of lockdown and get things back to normal is thwarted by a new spike in COVID-19 cases. With the coming holidays, getting accurate information about COVID-19 status for travel purposes or family visits...

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Viral Exposures and Asthma Exacerbation

As the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to spread, the CDC has identified certain groups that are at a higher risk for severe illness. Patients with moderate to severe asthma are one of the high-risk groups, and these individuals are encouraged to take...

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COVID-19 Testing in the Medical Office: What Clinicians Need to Know

In the effort to get all those who need COVID-19 testing done, many laboratories, including US BioTek, are stepping up to provide in-office testing for clinicians and their patients. There are two different types of testing available: RT-PCR and serum...

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US BioTek Laboratories to Provide COVID-19 Testing Lab Services

SHORELINE, Wash. – April 9, 2020 – US BioTek Laboratories, a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) accredited laboratory, announces that it will begin performing COVID-19 tests. Located north of Seattle in Shoreline, WA, the specialty...

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How Common Health and Immune-Booster Nutrients Promote Viral Resistance

Every year we run the risk of viral upper respiratory infection by RNA viruses including influenza and common colds (Rhinoviruses, Coronaviruses, respiratory syncytial viruses). Sometimes we are at risk for more virulent upper respiratory viruses such as...

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Oxidative Stress, Viral Infection, and Mitochondrial Function—Are Your Mitochondria “Tough Enough?"

Every year we run the risk of viral upper respiratory infection by RNA viruses including influenza and common colds (Rhinoviruses, Coronaviruses, respiratory syncytial viruses). Sometimes we are at risk for more virulent upper respiratory viruses such as...

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How Vitamin D Protects Against Respiratory Viruses

There is presently a great deal of concern regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) into the general population. While we are all concerned about infection, elderly individuals, those with lung disease or respiratory disorders, those with atopic...

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