We Need Anti-body Testing

Obviously, this is just one place but it’s clear that anti-body testing is a huge priority:

A phlebotomist working at Roseland Community Hospital said Thursday that 30% to 50% of patients tested for the coronavirus have antibodies while only around 10% to 20% of those tested have the active virus.

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4 thoughts on “We Need Anti-body Testing”

  1. Ontario’s chief medical officer, who comes on the TV daily to scold people to keep inside their houses, and to threaten them, literally, with death if they don’t (all based on numbers projections from the experience of other countries) gave this quote two days ago when commenting on the province’s terrible testing record -“Testing for the sake of testing and just racking up numbers that doesn’t give you any direction is not only a poor use of resources, it distracts you from getting the task done.” One interpretation of this might be that if we found that a substantial portion of the population has already been exposed and carries antibodies, public health would lose it’s ability to keep everyone locked down i.e. “getting the task done.” Until we have random sample population testing for antibodies, we can’t know for sure that we’re following the wisest policy course.

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  2. “Yes, please define ‘the task’…”

    Ontario’s public health scolds define their task as keeping new cases with severe symptoms from developing. The best way to do that is to confine as many people as possible to their houses, they believe. The idea that the focus of their “task” prevents them from seeing the forest for the trees is completely foreign to them. In fact, my interpretation is that they don’t see the value in performing a random antibody test of the population because the results could potentially give Ontarians a “misguided sense of security” if they learned that a substantial portion of the population had already been exposed and was no longer at risk. Here’s two recent press clippings to show the mindset:

    “Provincial public health officials say they will increase testing but argue that there is little value in testing people without symptoms.”

    “But they said that testing everyone — including the asymptomatic — is of little use, because those who are in the virus’s two-week incubation period could receive false negatives and a misguided sense of security.”

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