As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe, medical experts are on the race to discover solutions that would put a stop to its spread and get everyone back to their normal lives. One way scientists are looking to achieve this is to ramp up antibody testing – test for the immune cells that the body develops against the novel coronavirus.
Speaking in an interview with NBC News, Dr. Robert Gallo, an HIV/AIDs researcher and co-founder of the Institute of Human Virology at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, emphasized the need to be cautious about antibody test.
Citing examples of diseases in which antibodies have no protective value, such as dengue fever that occurs in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia, Dr. Gallo advised that we may need to research more on the antibodies to make any conclusions.
However, he mentioned that antibody testing may be essential to help us assess the pandemic and predict how it may help in the fight against the virus.