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Stanford Wins Approval For Antibody Test

The FDA has approved an antibody test by Stanford University to determine if someone has contracted the coronavirus even if they have already recovered. The widely used nasal swab tests can only detect an active infection.

“We don’t really know that these antibodies provide immunity, that’s one of the things that we’re trying to figure out very quickly,” says Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, Chief of Infectious Diseases at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and professor at the Stanford School of Medicine. “We just know that the antibodies are directive against the virus, and what we think that will show us is whether someone has been infected or not.”

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