Scientists are collecting blood samples from 10,000 healthy people to figure out how much the coronavirus has really spread in the US
- The National Institutes of Health is enrolling 10,000 healthy people in a study that seeks to determine how far the novel coronavirus has spread.
- They’ll use blood samples to detect antibodies the body produces to fight off infection.
- Whereas typical coronavirus tests measure for active infection, the antibody tests can tell whether people have been exposed to the virus in the past.
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Investigators will take blood from participants and test it for antibodies the body produces to fight off infection. The idea is to figure out the true number of people who’ve been exposed to the virus, whether or not they had symptoms.
The study is one of many public and private efforts to expand “serology” or immunity tests in the US. Since the tests can measure a response to the virus long after it’s occurred, they’ve been called the next frontier of coronavirus screening and should help the NIH understand the …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]