I wish there was an antibody test for COVID-19 that I could take right now and that it would be accurate. I wish it would show that I already had COVID-19. I would go “Yes! I knew it! I knew I had it!” And I would feel a great well of relief.
The problem is those tests are not widely available. And, surprise, many of the tests are completely bogus.
Dozens of coronavirus antibody tests on the market were never vetted by the FDA, leading to accuracy concerns
I have also read that some people who have had COVID-19 don’t produce antibodies.
SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Undetectable in Some Recovered Patients
Also, no one knows how long the antibodies last for. The antibodies for the corona-caused common cold rarely last more than a couple months.
What Scientists Know About Immunity to the Novel Coronavirus
Anyway, I hope I had it. I hope I have antibodies. And I hope neither I or anyone in my family, or my friends, or the world, gets it again.
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