COVID-19 Serology Assays: To test or not to test?

Part 1 in this COVID-19 webinar series, presented on June 2, 2020

An unprecedented global effort has taken place to contain and hopefully reduce the impact of COVID-19 on everyone’s lives. Healthcare professionals have been at the frontline of this initiative with the support of public and private sectors. Academic, biopharmaceutical and diagnostic research has increased our knowledge of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the physiopathology of the COVID-19 infection. In response, Public Health and Regulatory Authorities, policy makers and governments are rapidly adapting to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread in the population. In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) device manufacturers have quickly produced serology tests detecting the presence of antibodies to SARS-COV-2 virus. Utilizing such tests as the ultimate sentinel to make decisions to cope with and react to the COVID-19 pandemic is being considered. But can it be that simple?

In this webinar, the following topics are covered by Dr. Hugo:

  • Overview of the immune response to COVID-19 infection
  • Diagnostic testing concepts
  • Serology tests to estimate COVID-19 exposure in the general population
  • How Serology tests can be the basis of “Certificate of Immunity”
  • Serology tests and laboratory solutions to support clinical trials

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