Laura hasn’t had a fever in a few days now, and though she’s still experiencing some symptoms, she no longer feels like a “total sick blob.” Caroline was even well enough to go on a run today. As the first (basically) recovered member of our household, she’s reached out to Mount Sinai hospital and Rockefeller University about donating her blood to be tested for antibodies. (Earlier this week, the FDA approved the use of plasma from recovered patients to help treat severe cases, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would be the first in the nation to test serum derived from the recovered.) We’re tentatively hopeful that our house might become an immunity cell relatively early on in the pandemic and that we would be able to help support our neighbors and the city’s health care providers as the crisis worsens. … [Read more...] about I Probably Have COVID-19. Does It Matter If I Know For Sure?
What does an ekg measure
Omron Kardia Mobile EKG If you're looking for a handy health tech gadget that can take an electrocardiogram (EKG), then you need to check out the Omron Kardia. The Kardia is FDA cleared and is a quick and mobile way to record an EKG. Many people need to perform an EKG from time-to-time in order to make sure they're not having any heart issues. Having the Kardia at home during this self-isolation period could be a life saver for some. Here are some of the features of the Kardia: … [Read more...] about 10 Great Tech Products to Keep You Healthy at Home Now
Because that’s what Laura’s results offered us, in this mind-meltingly surreal time: a moment of rare, biting clarity. Even though it’s hard to escape the realities of this pandemic — we’re quarantined in our home and doom-scrolling through the news of job loss, death, and despair every day — it feels so gigantic, so overwhelmingly complex, that its specificity can still astound. Individual people we know and love can and will get sick; some of them already are. Many of them, even. But recognizing on an intellectual level that 40% to 70% of Americans are likely to be infected — that expressing telltale symptoms likely means you yourself are infected — remains incredibly difficult to wrap one’s mind around. A test is the only sure thing. … [Read more...] about I Probably Have COVID-19. I Wish I Could Know For Sure.