Antibody Testing

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After an up-and-down fall sports season with COVID-19, Boise State’s winter season has been far more stable.


According to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the nation has yet to exit the first wave of this pandemic. Cases in the Northeast and Midwest are, in general, trending downward, but the Mountain West continues to experience local surges in COVID-19.

All fifty states are now in some phase of reopening after closing to reduce the spread of Corona Virus. Idaho’s Governor’s Little implemented a 4-phase “Rebound to Prosperity.”  The City Club of Boise hosted a virtual online forum and welcomed five healthcare experts to discuss ongoing public health concerns and best practices for responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic.


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Blaine County tested a sample of residents for COVID-19 antibodies in April as part of a study, and some of the initial results are in.

 

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Janie Leigh of Nampa was feeling really sick last month. She had a dry cough and a fever. Her whole body ached, even her hair, she said. The illness lasted about two and a half weeks.

 

Antibody testing has kicked off in Idaho but, as Tess Goodwin reports, some medical professionals remain uncertain about the reliability of positive tests.


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As local leaders weigh opening up the economy again, antibody tests for coronavirus are getting a lot of attention. That’s because they can detect whether someone has had the virus in the past, and may be okay to return to work, potentially without being contagious.