The basic fact is that if a doctor finds antibodies that respond to a certain virus in a person’s blood, they can confirm if that person HAS overcome an infection of that virus.
The medical community has expressed that deploying antibody tests more widely in communities could ultimately help ease the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus. Test early, test often ~ we’ve all heard it at least once.
“It’s less a question of if testing becomes part of workplace strategies, than when and what will prompt that”, says Rajaie Batniji, Chief Health Officer at Collective Health. Measures like temperature checks may even do more harm than good by giving workers and employers a false sense of confidence, he says.
As you are developing your Return to the Workplace Safety plan you should consider Covid-19 testing for your employees. While nasal swab testing is readily available for front-line workers, those at the highest risk and those exhibiting symptoms, we are seeing growing demand for Covid-19 Rapid Response tests (10 minutes for results). Antibody testing is for everyone. It builds confidence for individuals and establishes that leadership is looking out for the Agency and health of its employees.
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Science does not know if the presence of Covid-19 anti-bodies provides immunity or not. Science may have some solid proof soon. Initial testing shows that it will. However, more testing is required.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told the Doctor Mike YouTube show that they’ll have “some degree of durable immunity” possibly for a few years.
If it does, then by testing now you will know which of your employees have immunity or at least a lower chance of re-infection.
The value of everyone knowing that one another has been tested and that they are not actively sick, or that they can be designated as having antibodies, is as smart as it is reassuring.
It may also allow leadership to know that those who have immunities may be able to work in closer quarters, when it is necessary.
Additional information on Return To Work Safely can be found on the CDC website: