There is speculation about whether a population can achieve some sort of immunity to the virus with as little as 20% infected.
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Antibody injections could fight COVID-19 infections – an infectious disease expert explains the prospects
Antibodies that recognize and block SARS-CoV-2 infection have the potential to be powerful weapons. An infectious disease expert explains what antibodies are and how they could be used as a therapy.
June 1, 2020 • ~6 min
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Antigen tests for COVID-19 are fast and easy – and could solve the coronavirus testing problem despite being somewhat inaccurate
An antigen test was given emergency use authorization by the FDA in early May. A biochemist explains how COVID-19 antigen tests work.
May 29, 2020 • ~9 min
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'Nanobodies' produced by the llama immune system can neutralise the virus that causes COVID-19.
May 26, 2020 • ~7 min
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Expanding coronavirus testing is one of the most important tasks public health officials are tackling right now. But questions over accuracy of the two main types of tests have rightly caused concern.
May 6, 2020 • ~10 min
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Infected with the coronavirus but not showing symptoms? A physician answers 5 questions about asymptomatic COVID-19
Your body can be infected and fight off SARS-CoV-2 without your ever noticing.
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Checking blood for coronavirus antibodies – 3 questions answered about serological tests and immunity
After your body fights off an infection, antibodies remain in your blood. Two researchers explain how tests identify these antibodies and what the data can be used for.
April 16, 2020 • ~9 min
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Using antibodies to trap the virus could create near-instant pregnancy test-style kits.
April 7, 2020 • ~6 min
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Antibodies in the blood of COVID-19 survivors know how to beat coronavirus – and researchers are already testing new treatments that harness them
Before a vaccine is available to teach your immune system to ward off the coronavirus, maybe you can directly use molecules that have already fought it in other people.
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Evidence from a new study could help scientists develop drugs to neutralise the 'allergic antibodies' that cause anaphylaxis.
April 1, 2020 • ~6 min
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