IOMR offers Covid-19 Antibody blood test to check for both IgM and IgG serology
Have you been exposed to Covid-19?
Amityville, NY, (April 18, 2020) Island Occupational Medical Resources, PC (IOMR), who has been committed to the health and safety of the Fire Service for over 25 years, will begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing to first responders and healthcare workers effective April 20, 2020.
“Since the onset of Coronavirus infiltrating our communities on Long Island, IOMR has been advocating for COVID-19 testing for First Responders: Firefighters, EMT and Police, and has been developing protocols for protection, and reintegration back to duty after exposures,” said Dr. Jorge L. Gardyn, IOMR Medical Director.
“Knowing who has been exposed to COVID-19 is essential for protecting the health of our first responders. It stratifies who is still at greater risk from exposure to this disease. Both first responders and healthcare workers need to be tested on a priority basis. We will make testing available to the general public at a later date. Our ultimate goal is the eradication of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus that has crippled and plagued our society. Our immediate mission is to get as many people tested until a vaccine can be brought out in 12-18 months,” stressed Dr. Gardyn.
About Covid-19 IgM and IgG Testing
While IgM antibodies are the initial immune response detectable in the blood within 3-5 days after symptom onset, IgG antibodies appear in the blood within 2 weeks after initial infection. Antibody tests are performed using blood specimens collected from individuals to who may have been infected with COVID-19. The tests will help determine whether patients were recently infected or exposed to the COVID-19 infection in the past, and may determine an overall immune response to the virus.