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According to The Malaysian Insight, Ex-Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad has suggested that mass testing for coronavirus antibodies should be rolled out instead of prolonging the movement control order (MCO).
The mass testing will allow more people to go back to work, revive the battered economy, and return to a sense of normalcy.
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, who led the fight against the initial phase of the Covid-19 pandemic while he was still Health Minister, claims that serological tests will identify those people with antibodies that protects the person against the virus.
Recovered Covid-19 patients possess antibodies against the virus, as do some people who were infected but did not fall sick or were asymptomatic.
Serological tests that screen for antibodies cost merely around RM20 per person. Covid-19 tests are between RM380 to RM700. Thus, it will be much more feasible to do mass testing for antibodies using the serological tests.
The most optimal way forward is to test for both: those who have the virus and those who have antibodies.Dr Dzulkefly to The Malaysian Insight
By testing for the population who do possess the blood proteins that fights the virus and allowing them to return to regular work, the economy can gradually recover.
Individuals who have the crucial antibodies should be allowed to return to work. They can help to restart operations at their companies or start earning an income again.
As the MCO prolongs, many Malaysians are facing an alarming financial crunch and economic stress. Currently, the MCO has been extended until 28 April 2020.
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