Employers Less Likely to Use COVID-19 Antibody Tests
May 15, 2020—U.S. employers have aired to the side of caution when it comes to testing workers for coronavirus antibodies as they prepare to reopen factories and workplaces, reports Reuters.
Interest in antibody tests for employers has fallen in recent weeks as reports have suggested that it is too early to say that these tests are the link to COVID-19 immunity. This comes as the American Medical Association warned the public on Thursday that these tests do not determine immunity
In fact, a survey from Mercer, a healthcare benefits advising company, showed that out of more than 700 U.S. employers in industries from high tech to retail to energy, only 8 percent of companies said they would include antibody tests in their plans to screen employees for the virus. Instead, companies are choosing to use face masks, practice social distancing, take employees' temperatures, and utilize the COVID-19 test for those with symptoms.