- German researchers want to send out hundreds of thousands of coronavirus-antibody tests over the coming weeks, Der Spiegel reported.
- People who test positive for the antibodies could be given an “immunity certificate” that would allow them to leave their coronavirus lockdown early.
- Other countries, including the United Kingdom, are planning mass testing to ease lockdowns. (See link for article)
Scientists also remain unsure about the extent to which past infection with the virus can prevent reinfection and for how long immunity will remain.
However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top US expert on infectious diseases, has said he would be “willing to bet anything that people who recover are really protected against reinfection.”
I’m having a hard time believing a word that comes out of Fauci’s mouth:
Coronavirus ‘isn’t something the American public need to worry about.’ Dr. Fauci https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/government-health-agency-official-coronavirus-isnt-something-the-american-public-need-to-worry-about/ar-BBZlcTn“
“This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.” Dr. Fauci https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2002387
I’ve spent a lot of time on the models. They don’t tell you anything. You can’t really rely upon models.” Dr. Fauci https://www.newsweek.com/trump-advisers-doubt-white-houses-coronavirus-deaths-estimate-expert-says-it-appeared-rushed-1495908