Antibody testing will begin to ramp up throughout the nation in the days and weeks ahead to better inform our tact in fighting the pandemic.
At a hospital in Chicago, a non-randomized sample found that 30-50% of patients tested for Corona have antibodies in their system, suggesting they already had the virus and have potential immunity.
The Chicago City ire reported that:
“A phlebotomist working at Roseland Community Hospital said Thursday that 30% to 50% of patients tested for the coronavirus have antibodies while only around 10% to 20% of those tested have the active virus.”
“Sumaya Owaynat, a phlebotomy technician, said she tests between 400 and 600 patients on an average day in the parking lot at Roseland Community Hospital.
“Drive-thru testing is from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. each day. However, the hospital has a limited number of tests they can give per day.
“Owaynat said the number of patients coming through the testing center who appear to have already had coronavirus and gotten over it is far greater than those who currently have the disease.”
Owaynat told Chicago City Wire:
“A lot of people have high antibodies, which means they had the coronavirus but they don’t have it anymore, and their bodies built the antibodies.”
The antibody testing will better inform public health and government officials about how widespread the virus is already, and in turn, how effective their lockdown measures will actually be.
It’s unclear how widespread the virus is in the nation, and where. According to a New York Times report, more than 25% of all carriers are asymptomatic, meaning they carry the disease and have no symptoms to show for it.
Meanwhile, researchers at Stanford Medicine are working to find out what proportion of Californians have already had COVID-19. The new study could help policymakers make more informed decisions during the coronavirus pandemic.
High positive antibody test results would mean the virus is more contagious than initially thought, But less deadly. Are these antibody testings a possible exit door of the current drastic and inhuman lockdown conditions?