Coronavirus: Why isn’t Canada using blood tests for COVID-19?

Must Read

Former Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz joins Enbridge board of directors

CALGARY — Former Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has been appointed to the board of directors at pipeline...

Minister defends moose hunt increases as science-led to protect caribou

An increase in hunt tags for cows and calves in two areas of the province was renounced...

City continues to clarify bylaw on decorations at cemeteries following more upset

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - There has been more upset on social media over the bylaw regarding Cemetery Regulation...

Amid widespread criticism of Canada’s COVID-19 testing strategy, experts say health agencies should look towards a widely used method to determine who has been infected and who hasn’t: blood tests.

Serological tests, or blood tests, can identify whether a person has been exposed to a particular pathogen, like the new coronavirus, by looking at their immune response, Dawn Bowdish, Canada Research Chair in aging and immunity at McMaster University, said.

READ MORE: No return to ‘normality’ until coronavirus vaccine is available, Trudeau says

- Advertisement -

Community Interviews with Moose FM


And while the tests can’t detect early infections, they could identify asymptomatic cases or people who had mild infections but were never diagnosed — filling in the gaps to help create a better understanding of Canada’s epidemic, Bowdish said.

“They are absolutely the gold standard for understanding the spread of this infection,” she said.

Story continues below advertisement

When the COVID-19 outbreak ends, researchers across the country will look to see how many people were truly infected with the virus to help better plan for the next outbreak. Blood tests “are extremely important” for this modelling,

 » READ MORE FROM GLOBAL NEWS

More Articles Like This