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Dating During the Pandemic: Can You Trust an 'Antibody Positive' Claim?

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November 18, 2020

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The problem of equating a positive antibody test with immunity is multi-fold: There are false positive tests and it is not clear at all how long antibodies protect you or how effective an individual's particular antibody profile is. The upshot: a possible date who claims to carry antibodies to the virus can still be a risk for COVID transmission.

Gary Stix, Senior Editor, Mind & Brain

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Dating During the Pandemic: Can You Trust an 'Antibody Positive' Claim?

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"Even though antibody tests help determine whether someone has previously been infected with the virus, that information may not be helpful in the dating realm."

Michelle Konstantinovsky, Scientific American



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