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Who is coronavirus-immune? A new antibody test could show

Stanford University hopeful its blood test will help ease lockdowns

Testing for immunity to COVID-19 could allow economies to reopen sooner than expected.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- As the world struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic through lockdowns and social distancing, a new test developed by Stanford University could hold the key to helping life return to normal sooner.

Unlike most current diagnostic tests for COVID-19, which are aimed at detecting the presence of the virus itself, the test developed by the California university looks for protective antibodies against the novel coronavirus.

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