Infectionist calls coronavirus antibody tests a waste of money

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Antibody tests for coronavirus in paid labs are a waste of money. This opinion was expressed by Vladislav Zhemchugov, an expert on especially dangerous infections.

“The maximum you will know is whether you were sick with the coronavirus or not, and if you were sick, then how long ago. And of course, if the test turns out to be positive, it will not mean that now you can walk without a mask and generally neglect safety measures, “the website quotes him as saying.

He also added that it is still unknown how stable and long-term immunity is formed after recovering from COVID-19.

“On the one hand, at the moment, only two cases of re-infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have been described in the world, and both of these descriptions, frankly, do not inspire confidence. It is not clear that this is actually – really a person who had previously been ill, contracted again, or simply the amount of the virus in his body first decreased to an undetectable scale, and then, when the treatment stopped, it began to increase again, ”added the specialist.

In response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, the human immune system produces proteins called long-acting IgG antibodies. How long they remain in the blood of a person who has recovered depends on their protection from re-infection.

On October 10, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, announced that in Russia at the moment there is not a single confirmed case of a second COVID-19 disease.

On the same day, it was reported that over the past day, a record 12,846 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Russia in all 85 regions.

All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites of stopcoronavirus.rf and accessvsem.rf, as well as by the hashtag #WeVotte. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112.

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