Worldwide governments’ most reliable hope for activating the drowned economy is detecting who has developed antibodies, after recovering from coronavirus infection.
There is no doubt that plenty of the available antibody tests are faulty, but it seems they are the only way out of the global crisis.
Big companies are planning on getting people back to work, but only those who test positive for antibodies, which automatically discriminates the rest of the population that never got infected in the first place.
According to experts, if people without antibodies are not allowed to go back to work, there is a probability that they will try deliberately infecting themselves, hoping to survive COVID-19, and produce antibodies that will send them back to work.
“This might include not permitting those testing Antibody Negative to return to work, or only taking on new staff with Antibody Positive test results,” reads the brief by scientific advisers to the UK government.
However, the antibody status of the employees is legally still not considered as a valid reason for stopping people from working, so limited legal help will be provided for the ones who get rejected by their employers only because they’re negative to coronavirus antibodies.
“The big question for employers now is how do they decide who to take back first? From a commercial perspective, you’d probably take back your quickest, most productive. But does that then lean towards maybe your younger staff, which would be discrimination,” Kate Palmer, associate director at HR consultancy firm Peninsula.