Prudent use of SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing: Avoiding false assumptions

Prudent use of SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing: Avoiding false assumptions

A serology test that can identify antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 may be tempting to use to indicate who has immunity to the virus and to form the basis for decisions regarding the social quarantine measures. ECRI recommends using a cautious approach and avoiding over-interpreting what these tests can show and how to apply information obtained from these tests. Although the presence of antibodies against a specific virus typically suggests an individual has protection from that virus, it is still unknown whether the presence of antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 means that someone cannot be reinfected.

Source: https://assets.ecri.org/PDF/COVID-19-Resource-Center/COVID-19-Clinical-Care/COVID-Position-Paper_Antibody-Testing.pdf

 

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