Limitations and utility of Antibody Testing for CoV-2 Infection

Apr 24, 2020COVID Literature Appraisal, Indications and tests for diagnosis

Antibody tests are being used world-wide with extensive media coverage. Their utility may be perceived under the following two scenarios:

In the current phase of the pandemic

  • To identify individuals who may return to work
  • To select donors (having adequate titres of antibodies) for preparation of convalescent plasma

In the late phase:

  • To characterise the epidemiology of the diseas
  • Calculate mortality rate accurately
  • To understand how close we are to achieving herd immunity’

Since our knowledge of the disease is rapidly evolving, the guidelines for antibody testing may need to be modified appropriately.

Indications and tests-Warning for Rapid antibody kits