SARS-CoV-2 serology tests: 3 big limitations doctors must understand

Results from the SARS-CoV-2 serology tests that have flooded the market should not be used to make decisions by individuals, such as whether to end physical distancing.

That warning is part of new guidance from the AMA on serological testing for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and outlines three major limitations to the tests that physicians must understand to properly order them and interpret their results.

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Why COVID-19 tracking will flounder without privacy protections

Poll results show the American public has deep privacy concerns about using the tech-enabled COVID-19 tracking and tracing systems that could help limit the pandemic’s deadly toll, making the release of a document outlining the AMA’s privacy principles especially timely.

The AMA privacy principles support an individual’s right to control, access and delete personal data collected about them. Using the new privacy principles, the AMA will actively engage the administration, Congress and industry stakeholders in discussions on the future direction of regulatory guardrails that are needed to restore public confidence in data-privacy protections.

My latest for the AMA. The whole shebang.