‘The most important thing in an outbreak is detection’

Many people infected with the novel coronavirus show few or no symptoms, so researchers at Ohio State, including with CFAES, are developing a blood test that could detect the pandemic’s true extent.

The researchers have also helped physicians at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center create a treatment for severe cases of COVID-19, a treatment that uses blood plasma from people who have had the disease and beat it.

Both the blood test and plasma treatment could be critical in understanding and controlling the pandemic. 

“The most important thing in a virus outbreak is detection,” said Scott Kenney, a researcher with CFAES’ Food Animal Health Research Program. “The way screening is working now, it’s underrepresenting the number of people who have the virus.”

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