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    Canadian Company First to Market with Antibody Test

    A Canadian company is first to market with a blood test for covid-19 antibodies. It has been approved for sale in the US but not yet in Canada. If a sex worker tests positive it means that (probably) they have had the disease, recovered and are now mostly immune and cannot pass it to anyone else. That worker is clear of the need for quarantine or social distancing and ready to work.

    https://www.btnx.com/Product?id=2008

    And here is a link to a very good explanation of the epidemiology involved. It gives a good idea of what we can expect based on different responses by government and the public to the pandemic.

    https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coron...e-be9337092b56

    All the usual disclaimers apply.

    And already the disclaimer is needed. Here is a link to a list of many companies offering tests.

    https://www.finddx.org/covid-19/pipeline/

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    I thought there have been cases of people contracting coronavirus twice?
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    The variability will be huge in something like this. It sounds like most people will be immune for months or longer at least. The immune system is complex and the variation from person to person is huge. In addition the virus is evolving. I saw a chart in the second link above that showed something like a hundred mutations already and any one of them could lead to new infections. The seasonal flu is an example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treveller View Post
    A Canadian company is first to market with a blood test for covid-19 antibodies. It has been approved for sale in the US but not yet in Canada. If a sex worker tests positive it means that (probably) they have had the disease, recovered and are now mostly immune and cannot pass it to anyone else. That worker is clear of the need for quarantine or social distancing and ready to work.
    I would expect every working SP to make the claim that they've had the virus and have now recovered. Not like they'll have their test results posted at the incall. The shear number of ads with edited photos and years/decades trimmed from actual ages make me skeptical of any claims someone might make.

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    Regardless of this particular one, and antibody test is definitely needed, since testing is being rationed and most symptomatic people are not getting tests (but still isolating until the disease should have run its course).
    People will need to know, after-the-fact, whether they are now immune or not. Those survivors will be what re-starts society in the end.

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    Learning who has been exposed through antibody blood test may never be more than an academic exercise. Chances are that everyone will simply be vaccinated, assuming the anti-vaxers have had a change of heart by then. After that all we need to do is prepare for the next new virus to come out of the Chinese live meat markets. Or maybe we could persuade the Chinese to shut down those markets? Sure would be good to do.

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