Antibody Testing Begins in Iceland

Vala Hafstað

The collection of blood samples to be used for antibody tests for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has begun in Iceland, mbl.is reports. Samples are only collected from individuals who come in for blood tests for other reasons. This was just announced on the website of the Directorate of Health

The goal of the antibody tests is to get a good idea of how large a part of the population has been infected with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The Department of Microbiology at Landspítali National University Hospital has begun antibody testing for individuals who believe they have had COVID-19. Blood samples are only analyzed by the department at the request of a doctor.

Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason stated May 3 that collecting the blood samples is not part of scientific research, but a survey directed by the chief epidemiologist, the result of which will be significant when making decisions regarding disease prevention in society in the coming weeks and months.

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