Several medical and community organizations hosted a COVID-19 antibody screening, June 12-13 at 6330 S. King Drive in Chicago, from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. More than 121 people were screened and personal protection equipment was issued to participants.

Sponsors included Project H.O.O.D., Sisters Working It Out, Morehouse School of Medicine, The Medical Interns, Helping Communities Help Themselves, University of Illinois Cancer Center, Governors State University, among others.

According to Dr. Tonya Roberson, the purpose of the antibody screening was held to learn if participants were infected with the coronavirus, but was unaware.

Scientists state that antibody test results are especially important for detecting previous infections in people who had few or no symptoms. A medical report on Google states that antibodies are detected in the blood for people who are tested after infection; they show an immune response to the infection.

Additionally, a question was asked in an online UCLA report when an antibody test comes back positive and the individual have COVID-19 antibodies, does this make him immune? The answer is scientists don’t know at this time. The report continued: “Right now, scientists do not fully understand how the presence of antibodies relates to immunity. They do not know if someone can be re-infected with COVID-19 if they already had the disease, or for how long potential immunity might last.”

As more research on coronavirus and COVID-19 is conducted and the immune response to the disease is better understood, scientists and doctors will better understand the relationship between antibodies and immunity.”