Coronavirus Facts Only: Antibody Testing Concerns

KMOX: On-Demand
Friday, May 29th
Dr. Neil Anderson is an assistant professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine and assistant medical director of the Barnes Jewish Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.  And Dr. Fred Buckhold, a SLU Care general internist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.  The CDC now says up to one half of all antibody tests may not be accurate.  They may give a false positive.  Dr. Anderson tells us what an antibody test is -- and what information it can provide.  He says there's a still a lot of unknowns about antibody testing.  If we have the antibodies, does it mean we have immunity?  And how long does that possible immunity last -- if at all?   Dr. Anderson says those are questions that are still unanswered.  The best an antibody test can do is show that we likely might have been exposed to the coronavirus.  He says it would be best to get an antibody test in connection with a physician so you will have the proper medical advice once the results come in.  Dr. Buckhold addresses new concerns for diabetic patients surrounding COVID-19.