In Santa Clara County, over 3200 people were tested for COVID-19 to determine whether they have the virus, or have recovered from the same. This study led by researchers from Stanford University Medicine school is the first of its kind in the USA.
The results will be out in a week’s time. But it will guide the public health policies throughout the nation. Associate professor of medicine, Eran Bendavid says, ” It is hard to stand up in this epidemic. It is hard to say if this pandemic is not an Armageddon”. In order to know and reduce the uncertainty, you will need numbers.
How does the Stanford University antibody test work?
The COVID-19 antibody test is not like the traditional nasal swab test. Nasal swab tests require a sample from the back of your throat. But this antibody test used by Stanford researchers is supplied by Premier Biotech. It requires only a drop of blood to test for IgM and IgG antibodies which indicate a person’s recovery from the disease.
But widespread antibody testing is also taking place in Colorado’s San Miguel County. The United Biomedical executives are providing all test kits there. Rodrigo Saavedra, lead in Hellyer Park testing site, San Jose, says ” it is a useless test for hospitals. But it gives a better idea of how many are infected with the virus”.
Right now the general public is in fear. To encourage them and get their spirits high the team came up with a plan. All study participants are receiving a $10 Amazon gift card. If anyone tests positive for the antibodies, they will know within a week. Everyone is operating under CDC and county guidelines. Obviously there is direct contact with the patient while taking samples. But people are in protection using PPE.
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