The Coronavirus Pandemic
Antibody Testing and Reopening Society

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Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Michael Mina, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & WGBH

Friday, May 15, 2020

With COVID-19 testing continuing to lag in the U.S., the extent to which the pandemic has spread in the country remains elusive. One hope to ascertain this spread is the use of antibody tests, which can help detect if an individual has already been exposed to COVID-19. Now available on the market, these tests may help health care professionals, researchers, government officials and the public alike as society begins to reopen. However, questions have emerged regarding the accuracy of the tests, as well as their role in ascertaining important factors such as future immunity.

In this Facebook Live Q&A, epidemiologist Michael Mina reviewed antibody testing in the U.S. and updated our viewers on other testing and contact tracing measures that will ultimately allow us to reopen society. The World’s Jonathan Dyer moderated.

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Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & WGBH

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