New Covid-19 antibody blood test could see cases rise

A new test, named the Abbott antibody test, can check for past exposure to Covid-19 by indicating if a person has antibodies to the virus from previous infection, RNZ reports.

The research was conducted by Southern Community Labs, the Southern District Health Board, and the universities of Auckland and Otago, and scientists expect the test to reveal some cases of Covid-19 that were missed because of initial rules around swab testing.

The clinical microbiologist leading the study, Dr Arlo Upton, said the Southern DHB region was chosen because of its high infection rate per population, and that they were targeting people who had already been tested rather than randomly sampling the population.

Original article by RNZ