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April 02, 2020

FDA Approves First Serology Test for Coronavirus, Which Can Detect If You've Previously Been Exposed to Wuhan Flu

If you were previously exposed to it, but are now free of it, you wouldn't have the virus in you, but you would still have the antibodies your body produced to fight it.

I guess this would be important because... I don't know, if a doctor knew he'd already been exposed but beat the flu, he could work the ICUs without worrying too much about his health?

And I guess if you knew you'd already had it, you could de-isolate.

But that assumes you can only get the bug once, which I believe there's still some doubt about.

I know they're talking about farming the antibodies from healthy people who've beat the flu so they can inject them into the sickly. I dunno, is this a needed first step for that?

Seems like good news. To me, at least. But I'm not one of those Instant Experts in Epidemiology as you see have proliferated like crazy on Twitter.

A lot of people read five tweets and skim a Wikipedia article's first paragraph (the one written for complete noobs) and then start pontificating on Twitter about their current theories about the virus.

Like MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who used his nonexistent expertise in genetics and viruses (I doubt he's even taken a science class, apart from "The Science of Global Warming" sophomore year) to decide that the theory that the Wuhan flu was made in a lab is false:

chrishayesgenticsexpert

I share his skepticism about that theory. But, unlike Chris Hayes, I did not get a degree in viral genetic reproduction and recombination on Twitter University this past week, so I can only couch my hunch as a, well, hunch.

Chris Hayes apparently checked all the genes and found they were 100% organic, grass-fed and pasture-raised.

If only I had his beakers and erlenmeyer flasks....

More:

27 I will put out again what I think is coming as this serology test is part of it:

- red/yellow/green zones with different rules for each
- interzone travel restrictions
- continued restrictions for 60yo+ (just a note MA had 33 deaths on April 1, 3 were
- public masking requirements
- antibody testing and reduced restrictions for the immune (probably some sort of marker like a wristband see Contagion)

Yes, I am saying we are going to become a "papers please" society.
Posted by: blaster

I don't know about that, but I guess it's worth a mention.


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