Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that antibody tests for the coronavirus could be available “within a period of a week or so,” during an interview with CNN’s “New Day” Friday morning.
Fauci said, “If their antibody test is positive, one can formulate strategies about whether or not they would be at risk or vulnerable to getting re-infected.”
The tests would be able to determine if a person previously had the coronavirus and now has some immunity against getting re-infected.
“But as we look forward, as we get to the point of at least considering opening up the country as it were, it’s very important to appreciate and to understand how much that virus has penetrated this society,” Fauci explained. “Because it’s very likely that there are a large number of people out there that have been infected, have been asymptomatic and did not know they were infected.”
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State officials, CDC investigating monkeypox case in Florida
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Florida state health officials, are investigating what is believed to be a case of monkeypox. A statement from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County stated the “case is related to international travel, and the person remains isolated.”
Late Friday a New York City resident also tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, and is the state’s first confirmed case. On Sunday, President Joe Biden made his first public statements about the outbreaks, saying the recent spread of monkeypox in at least 12 countries are “something that everybody should be concerned about.”
Axios reports a person was confirmed positive with the virus in Massachusetts, New York and “roughly a half dozen other cases” are “being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
BREAKING: Florida reports first presumptive Monkeypox case.
Case is in Broward County and related to international travel.
— Cristian Benavides (@cbenavidesTV) May 22, 2022
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