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New Stanford Antibody Study Sparks Criticism

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SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 17: A medical laboratory scientist runs a clinical test in the Immunology lab at UW Medicine looking for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, a virus strain that causes coronavirus disease  (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

Two new antibody studies, from Santa Clara County and Los Angeles County, find far more widespread coronavirus infection rates than previously thought.  The findings have big implications for what is known about the lethality of COVID19 as well as when the shelter in place can be eased.  But some researchers say that the studies–which have not yet been peer reviewed–use unreliable  antibody test kits and have grave sampling and statistical errors.  We discuss the findings and why antibody tests might be the key to reopening the state.


Natasha Chida, infectious disease expert, Johns Hopkins Medicine

George Rutherford, epidemiologist, UCSF

Lesley McClurg, science reporter, KQED


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