Antibody Testing....where is it and why hasn't this been a focus

Weve heard so much about testing Test test test said the WHO But where is the antibody testing. Appreciate that it may take time to develop this test, but we've had weeks and months now. There should be a nationwide antibody testing program in place now...not tomorrow or next week. Again appreciate that having had the virus, there is a small chance we may get ot again....but there is a larger chance we wont get ot again. Those that have had it can then go about their business, re open the economy.

Why the contribution is important

Enable people that have suffered through the virus to return to work.

by petermuir79 on May 09, 2020 at 03:00PM

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  • Posted by Damasust May 09, 2020 at 15:43

    Time to get this moving fast.
  • Posted by Wulan19 May 09, 2020 at 16:02

    I'm a bit worried about them and us situation developing, but more information the better. I think most of us should be required to pay for this test. Those that can afford it, maybe offsetting the cost of the those that can't. The government debt escalating at a phenomenal rate, and needs to be reigned in.
  • Posted by JLMBD May 09, 2020 at 16:28

    There isn't a reliable antibody test at the moment. There are too many false positives, which keep people at home unnecessarily, and more important, false negatives that allow people to carry the virus into the community. At the moment they simply don't know if everyone develops immunity, or if so for how long. It may only be a matter of weeks. I'm among the (probably) millions of people who may or may not have had it and will probably never know. My GP on the phone thinks I have but says I may not have antibodies any more by the time there is a reliable test. The government is trialling the tests but they are all coming up short at the moment.
  • Posted by gilldougall May 10, 2020 at 08:38

    My understanding is that the test developed by Roche has been approved and has 99.8% accuracy - please correct me if I'm wrong. If correct, let's hope mass production has already started. I would happily pay to be tested if a positive test meant release from captivity.
  • Posted by Sooziniz13 May 10, 2020 at 09:31

    This needs to be the focus for the way ahead, if the WHO have recommended test, test, test then they must know of a reliable test, no? What test do they recommend to use? This is the only way out of the current situation for people and business.
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