Flyingfemme wrote:Once we stop incessantly testing there will be no “proof” of recent infection so vaccination will be the only possible defence against restriction.
Actually, that's what I was alluding to in my previous post.
Incessantly testing for a current
infection - as in jaggy q-tip up the noz - could probably be drastically reduced.
Testing antibody levels
- whether those derived from a natural infection and/or from vaccine (cf the N or S in the link posted previously) - seems like a no-brainer to me, with very few drawbacks as far as I currently understand.
If it really is just 25 euro/quid a pop (I heard 13 euro in DE), then shirley those not wanting/unable to have vaccine + booster etc - should regularly have their antibody levels tested?
If below x level then: either
1. Get vaccinated/boosted
2. Accept "local restrictions apply"
I'm sure it's not as simple as that - that multiple key indicators such as age, general health would have to be factored in - but if "immunity" is the way out of this, then why aren't we doing more widespread testing?Clearly, quality peer reviewed studies have been done - and the results of those can be extrapolated onto the wider population - but such studies will already be out of date in terms of variants etc long before they've reached a Journal.
We know from decades of good studies that various biomarkers indicate the increased probability of x health issue - take blood sugar levels as a really simple example - it's one of the basics on a standard health check.
Or, keeping more in line with my train(wreck?) of thought - cytomegalovirus. Maybe not in the UK (unless it's changed?), but in many countries, there are standard antibody checks done during pregnancy - IgG and IgM levels.
One test checks "Does Mum currently have, or (more likely) have had CMV in the past" and the other can help determine if it's a recent infection.
If latter, then Mum gets tested frequently to determine which way the antibodies are going, as when the infection happens during certain periods of the pregnancy, it can have serious consequences for the child.
Doesn't it make sense we all (or at least those where it makes most sense) get our "levels checked" WRT Covid antibodies at suitably regular intervals?
Maybe I'm too much of a geek with a strong data analytics background - but isn't having an ever-growing and current/fresh dataset better than extrapolating from fast decaying and population limited studies?