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MEMPHIS-BASED LIFESIGNS PERFORMING COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING

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July 01, 2020

MEMPHIS-BASED LIFESIGNS PERFORMING COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING

Local clinic provides next business day results with 100% accuracy rate

(Memphis, TN) – Lifesigns, a Memphis-based, prevention-focused physical exam clinic, recently began performing COVID-19 antibody testing. This testing is free with all private insurance plans, and results are returned to the patient the next business day. For those without such insurance, the test is $60 out of pocket.

Not all antibody tests are the same and not all are accurate. Lifesigns is one of only two practices in the Mid-South offering a specific COVID-19 antibody test that detects both past and/or present infection with 100% accuracy.

There are two primary antibodies that the body creates specifically to fight COVID-19, IgM and IgG. IgM is the first antibody produced by the immune system in response to a viral infection. A positive IgM test indicates that the immune system has started responding to the virus. IgG antibodies develop in most patients within 7 to 10 days after COVID-19 symptoms begin and remain in the blood after an infection has passed.

As opposed to the swab test, Lifesigns’ antibody test uses a blood sample that is then processed via state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and backed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

There are currently about 900 antibody tests awaiting FDA approval and, as of June 30, only 24 antibody tests are FDA approved for emergency use. Lifesigns and the West Cancer Center are the only two practices in the Mid-South that have an in-house Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics VITROS analyzer. Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics is the only company that can currently run paired tests to distinguish whether an individual has IgM antibodies, IgG antibodies, or both. The advantage of this is that it detects recently infected individuals who have not yet built IgG antibodies. Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics is the only manufacturer to have 100% accuracy in test trials.

“As a prevention-focused healthcare provider, we are hopeful that the availability of this quick and accurate testing will equip our patients with the information they need to help control the spread of COVID-19,” says Reese Hodges, COO of Lifesigns.

For more information on COVID-19 antibody testing, or to schedule an appointment, call 901-685-5520 or visit appointments.lifesigns.com.

Contact:
Beth Okeon
beth@abomarketing.com, (901) 409-7607

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