Yesterday the state of Florida released the first results ever from coronavirus antibody testing.
The data was gathered from various drive-thru testing sites, including Orlando, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, and Miami Gardens.
According to the state officials, from now on, antibody testing results will be reported every week.
On Friday, 123,552 Floridians were tested for antibodies, and only 5,474 were positive, which means 4,4% have immunity to COVID-19. The rest 118,053 were negative, while 25 tests were inconclusive.
Although there are people with antibodies among the tested ones, doctors are still not sure what these results mean.
In other words, testing positive for coronavirus antibodies is not a security for prolonged protection.
According to the World Health Organization, having antibodies is not enough to put the guard down and relax because there are still chances for a second outbreak and reinfection.
The demand for accurate antibody tests is enormous, yet a lot of health officials and entire states are still struggling with faulty tests approved by the FDA.
Coconut Grove is opening a new antibody testing site at the Frankie Rolle Community Center, and will also make the numbers public.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that no state reopening decisions should be made based on antibody testing results as they are not a reliable data source.