The government’s "game changer" antibody tests are inaccurate. What next?

Why is it so hard to develop a relaible home test for coronavirus antibodies and what does that mean for our fight against the disease?

The coronavirus antibody tests that Boris Johnson hailed as a potential “game changer” have, it turns out, changed nothing at all. The government had ordered millions of pregnancy test-style home kits, which have now been found to be ineffective, Public Health England’s Professor John Newton told the Times on 5 April.

What next? Professor Newton is “optimistic” about finding reliable tests within months and scientists from the University of Oxford are working with...
source: New Statesman

2020-04-08 12:08
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