Diagnosis of COVID-19

Covid-19: Antibody test that claims to be 99% accurate is certified by EU

BMJ 2020369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1742 (Published 29 April 2020)Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1742

An antibody blood test for covid-19, which the manufacturer Abbott claims is 99% accurate, has been certified for use by the European Union.

The test—which has received its CE mark, meaning that it complies with EU safety rules—detects the antibody IgG to identify whether a person has had covid-19.

Abbott said that the test had “demonstrated specificity and sensitivity of greater than 99% 14 days or more after symptoms started.” It has begun shipping thousands of tests to …

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