COVID-19: What You Need to Know About Antibody Testing

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surpasses 800,000, many Americans want to know if recovered patients have immunity to the novel coronavirus. The answer could come from an antibody test. While these tests are commonly used to tell if someone is immune to diseases such as measles or chickenpox, they’re not yet widely available for COVID-19. But it’s not clear what the results would mean.

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Penn Medicine Launches COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Study

Convalescent plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients — an experimental approach of giving a transfusion of plasma collected from a donor who has recovered from COVID-19 to a patient with an active infection — is the focus of a new two-part research initiative at Penn Medicine. Researchers will first collect plasma from people who have recovered from their infection under a donor research protocol. The second part involves conducting clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of giving that plasma to moderately and severely ill hospitalized patients.

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