Scientists are working on tests to identify people that have recovered from coronavirus. The test looks for antibodies in the blood and confirms health through a blood test. Experts hope that those with the correct antibodies could be put back to work to help boost the economy.

As 85% of the United States is under lockdown orders and millions are out of work due to the coronaviurs pandemic, experts are looking at ways to get people back to work. One expected help are antibody tests. This test takes a few drops of blood and determines if you carry antibodies, an immunity, to the coronavirus. Results could take up to two days and then the patient is confirmed as immune and could possibly go back to work, scientists hope.

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Companies and labs around the world are working hard to develop antibody tests for the coronavirus. “Ultimately, this might help us figure out who can get the country back to normal people who are immune could be the first people to go back to normal life and start everything up again,” Florian Krammer, a professor in vaccinology at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine told Reuters.

Antibody tests would need to be peer-reviewed, tested and made to be cost-effective and available in large quantities.  Scientists are still uncertain about immunity and recovery for patients that have had coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, an expert on infectious disease that is helping guide the federal government’s coronavirus response said in an interview with Trevor Noah, he would be “willing to bet anything that people who recover are really protected against re-infection.”

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.

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