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Q&A: 'Passports' and tests could provide path out of coronavirus lockdown and return to work

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Dr Cillian De Gascun. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Dr Cillian De Gascun. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Colin Keegan

Dr Cillian De Gascun. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Q: What are these reports about a possible new "passport" that could be given to people who have had the Covid-19 virus and developed antibodies giving them potential immunity to reinfection?

A: It's known as an immunity passport and the term has been borrowed from Germany where around 100,000 people are being asked to provide blood samples.

The sample is tested for antibodies that would show if someone had the virus and recovered, dramatically reducing the odds of them becoming infected again.


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