Would You Like to be Tested for COVID-19 Antibodies? Should You Be Tested?
Vibrant COVID-19 Ab (Antibody) assay is an in-vitro diagnostic test intended for the qualitative detection of IgA, IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in human serum collected from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19.
The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that is causing an epidemic of acute respiratory syndrome in humans belongs to the family coronaviridae and the genus Betacornoavirus. Comparisons of the genetic sequences of this virus have shown similarities to SARS-CoV and bat coronaviruses. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory infections. Cornoaviruses are composed of several proteins including the spike (S), envelope (E), membrane (M), and nucleocapsid (N). Results suggest that the spike protein retains sufficient affinity to the Angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor to use it as a mechanism of cell entry. Human to human transmission of coronaviruses is primarily thought to occur among close contacts via respiratory droplets generated by sneezing and coughing. The sources of infection seen mainly consist of patients with pneumonia infected by the novel coronavirus.
IgG is the most abundantly found immunoglobulin to be produced in response to an antigen and will be maintained in the body after initial exposure for long term response. Research has shown that IgM and IgG antiviral antibodies can be detected in the serum samples of infected patients. After infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus antigen stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that can be detected in the blood. Among these antibodies, SARS-CoV-2 IgM antibodies appears early and are mostly positive after 3-5 days of onset. The SARS-CoV-2 IgM titers then decrease while the SARS-Cov-2 IgG antibody potency starts to rise rapidly. During the recovery phase, the titer of the SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody may increase four times or more compared to the acute phase.
Vibrant America has submitted their validation study to the FDA. The test is currently validated only for serum collection, so you must go to a phlebotomy center or use a mobile phlebotomy service that follows CDC guidelines for drawing blood samples for COVID-19. The test is being offered to you at our cost ($160).
Another option for testing for the Coronavirus is with a stool sample.
Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory SARS-CoV-2 stool test uses RT-PCR technology to detect the presences of SARS CoV-2 in stool. Research from around the world indicates that as many as 50% of patients who are positive for SARS-CoV-2 experience gastrointestinal complaints.
Furthermore, evidence suggests SARS-CoV-2 is detectable in stool and its presence in stool may last for up to five weeks after clearance from the respiratory tract. In about 23% of cases, patients were no longer positive for the virus in respiratory samples, yet stool samples were still positive, clearly underlining the value of fecal testing. Another study reported that patients shed the virus in stool 30 days after initial infection. Even asymptomatic carriers may show elevated SARS-CoV-2 in stool. Therefore, Wu and colleagues recommend routine RT-PCR stool testing to determine when it is safe to discontinue precautions in recovered COVID-19 patients, so as t prevent transmission of the virus and best allocate medical resources.
The Gut-Lung Axis:
The gut microbiome may have a role in lung health. In respiratory tract infections, pathogens invade the airways and multiply. Infection depends on the number and virulence of pathogens, but perhaps more importantly—the host’s defenses. Acute respiratory infections such as influenza can initiate dysbiosis in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, which may promote the development of secondary bacterial pneumonias. In some studies, oral probiotics have shown protective effects against influenza virus, pneumococcal infections, and ventilator-induced pneumonia. This points to a possible strategy of improving the gut microbiome to improve immune defenses and prevent respiratory infections.
If you are ready to optimize your gut health, schedule your appointment, and/or purchase the GI Map to get started.
If you would like to purchase the COVID-19 stool testing at our cost ($135), click the link below:
Other Considerations for Being Tested for Coronavirus:
Advantage Considerations of Testing for Coronavirus:
1) A positive test means no self-quarantine (or you could be the one in your home who goes out for the groceries without risking exposure, and hopefully go back to work).
2) A positive test means you do not have to take any mandatory vaccine, should one be mandated (and this is likely to occur).
3) A positive test means a sense of security, e.g. “I have already had it.”
Disadvantage Considerations of Testing for Coronavirus:
1) Do the results have to be reported?
2) Are you now “in the system?”
3) Will there be quarantine and penalties if you don’t get tested?
Even our elected officials are pushing for everyone to be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Read about Senator Ted Cruz’s pitch to test for herd immunity in an aim to get us all back to work. This only makes sense!
We cannot allow the likes of Bill Gates to get their way. Gates is an unelected official with no medical degree, trying to be the world’s expert on COVID-19. He’s been making the media rounds on CNN & other shows saying we can all gather again once we’ve all been vaccinated! In another interview, he said that you will need to provide a vaccination certificate to work & travel.
He also has a company called ID 2020 which will track everyone through microchips the size of a grain of rice that they inject into you with a needle. It will track everywhere you go & everything you do, but please don’t take my word for it, google ID 2020. This is not the future, they have already done it in some countries & even some workplaces. We CANNOT allow this to happen.
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