20 April 2020 – Government asks Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies to validate serological tests

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Health, Research and Development
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Health leading, Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies implementing

Overview: The National Government requests the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies to validate serological tests, as a first phase of part of their strategy for CoVid-19, for their subsequent use and application target to members of the public force and health personnel.
The goal of scientists and authorities is to find answers to questions such as: How many people did the SARS-CoV-2 virus infect? How many asymptomatic cases have not been registered? What was the extent of the disease? From there it will be possible to better understand the behavior of the virus in the country.
Full details here: https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/validacion-de-pruebas-serologicas-en-las-manos-del-gorgas/

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, International – academic
Evidence/Justification: Its most important current use, en masse, is to help inform governments how many asymptomatic cases have occurred in a population. Antibodies reveal evidence of a previous infection at any time from about a week after infection.
Implementing the policy of agovernments that intend to implement antibody tests to restore normality to society. Implementing the policy of applicating validated serological test, will provide guidance and evidence that will allow governments to gradually restore normality to society.