People who have recovered from Covid-19 are developing antibodies, the government said yesterday, in the first clue that immunity tests could ultimately be used to free people from the rules of social distancing.
Matt Hancock said he is in talks on “very large scale deployment” of antibody tests that could be used if other studies show that those with antibodies do not catch or transmit the virus . However, the health secretary, who recovered from the coronavirus himself, said he would not be comfortable walking in a crowded room because it was still unclear whether he was immune. He said it was part of a study to find out whether people who had recovered could catch the virus again. He regularly gives blood samples to researchers.