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Serological Tests Employed to Evaluate Herd Immunity to COVID-19

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Research the new COVID-19 Serology tests (IGM & IGG) that are being used to evaluate community herd immunity status.

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This posting describes the common tests that are currently being used to detect COVID-19 infection. It discusses details of serological assays for COVID-19 and also how these can be helpful in evaluating herd immunity to the virus.

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Thank you for asking this question about serological tests being used to evaluate herd immunity to COVID-19. As it is a very current and intensely discussed topic, I really enjoyed answering it. As your question is about serological tests, I dwelt more on those tests currently being used to detect COVID-19 and on herd immunity to COVID-19. I also tried to explain the other test used for COVID-19, development of antibodies against the virus etc.

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Research the new COVID-19 Serology tests (IGM & IGG) that are being used to evaluate community herd immunity status.

Currently there are two ways to test if a person is infected with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19): 1. RT-qPCR (Reverse transcription quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction), an assay that checks for the presence of the viral RNA in a person's nasal or throat swab, 2. Serological Immunoassays that confirm the presence of anti-viral antibodies (IgM and IgG) ...

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