University of Minnesota, Mayo Ready COVID-19 Antibody Tests in Minnesota
State health officials see these tests as a key part of Minnesota’s pandemic response
The University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic are close to unveiling antibody tests that can determine if people have already been infected by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and are no longer threats to get or spread the infection.
State health officials see these tests as a key part of Minnesota’s pandemic response, because they could define the breadth of the outbreak and maybe identify previously infected individuals who could move about in public freely and volunteer in response efforts.
Identifying people with immunity to the virus “gives us the ability [to know] who wouldn’t need to be quarantined, who could be out and not infecting others,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said on Monday.
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