Detecting the novel coronavirus infection isn't the only thing healthcare professionals are interested in

It's as important to test COVID-19 immunity to determine the actual number of people who have had the disease in a community. Immunity testing could open the door to so-called "immunity passports" that demonstrate the bearer has survived the infection. However, it's not known how long COVID-19 immunity lasts, and additional measures will have to be put in place to reduce the risk of reinfection and contain new outbreaks. Visit BGR's homepage for more stories.
The only way to defeat the novel coronavirus for good is to gain long-lasting immunity to the disease. One way to do it is to survive COVID-19. Your body has the weapons to fight off the infection, and in most cases, it'll prevail against the disease. The other way to develop immunity is to get a vaccine that can boost the immune system's defenses. The more people build resistance, the harder it is for the virus to spread and the safer it is for the world to get back to normal, or at least close to it. It might not be the life we had before, but social distancing measures will be eased so that more people can go back to work in the coming months. Lifting lockdowns should only be done at the advice of healthcare professionals who know what they're doing when it comes to dealing with a pandemic. And that's where immunity testing might play a role in the months ahead.

You may have heard of a so-called "immunity passport," which would be a certification that a person is immune to COVID-19. Some countries, including Germany, Italy, UK, and the US, are already considering it, and there could be several advantages for such a policy. But it could also backfire spectacularly if it's not done right.

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