Serology tests detect virus ‘fingerprint’

Professor Stephen Turner
Professor Stephen Turner

Diagnostic testing for coronavirus is ramping up across Australia, the ABC’s Radio National, News and AM show reported, but while a number of antibody tests have been approved for use they're still being evaluated. AM asked Monash BDI’s Professor Stephen Turner to explain what a serology test involved. Professor Turner explained that this was a test for antibodies and that a positive result acted like a “fingerprint” left behind by the virus. He went on to explain that the test gives an idea of how much immunity is in the population which could inform future health policies around social distancing. However, the test was not yet in general use, he said.