The Department of General Services in Virginia announced antibody testing conducted by the public health lab.
The reason for the testing is the detection of antibodies in people that show no COVID-19 symptoms but were infected by the virus.
Virginia’s public health lab is also offering help to other state and private labs who show interest in joining the efforts to fight coronavirus.
Antibody testing gives game-changing results that help medical experts track down asymptomatic carriers of the virus who are probably the most responsible for the spread.
Also, detecting antibodies in someone’s blood can be useful for the blood plasma treatments that help ill patients fight back the virus with someone else’s antibodies.
The Department of General Services announced that the public health lab has a lot of testing supplies, and is still able to test a significant number of people.
The scientists who work on this project can process 220 antibody test per hour, a number that can increase if there is a high testing demand.
All in all, antibody testing is as useful as diagnostic testing because it can detect who had the virus in the past.
However, according to lab studies, coronavirus antibodies can only last for up to three months, and it is still unclear whether a second infection is possible.