F.D.A. approves first anti-coronavirus antibody test in the United States


(WXYZ) – If you had COVID-19 symptoms but couldn’t get tested, there is a new product that could help you find out if you got the virus. The FDA has granted emergency use authorization for an antibody test – and it is the first in the United States.

I am super excited by this new test. This should really help us in our fight against the coronavirus.

So how does it work? Well, blood samples are taken and sent to authorized laboratories. There, the test looks for two types of antibodies. immunoglobulin M, made by the body a few days after infection; and immunoglobulin G, which was later made to neutralize a particular bug.

If your test is positive, it indicates that you have been recently infected or infected with the coronavirus.

This new blood test has been cleared for diagnosis, but there is a downside. And that’s because antibodies can take a long time to develop.

So, if you are tested too early, you may test for a negative result. While current PCR tests, they are more likely to detect a new infection by dabbing the nose and throat.

The test would show if you have antibodies, but it wouldn’t tell you how well they work.

That said, chances are you will have some immunity – there is no guarantee that you will have full immunity. But that would still be very useful in determining how many of us have been infected.

It would also be very useful for my colleagues and all health workers.

Of course, they would still need proper protection, because we do not know for sure that you are protected. But I think it would bring some peace of mind to those working on the front lines.

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