Study will test Black Canadians for antibodies to explore racial disparity in COVID-19 cases

Study will test Black Canadians for antibodies to explore racial disparity in COVID-19 cases
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TORONTO —
A team of top Canadian researchers is launching a large-scale antibody test in hopes of better understanding how COVID-19 affects Black people, a group that in other countries has disproportionately suffered dire consequences of the novel coronavirus.

Researchers will collect blood samples from 2,000 Black Canadians and test for the prevalence of antibodies, which are created naturally when the body is exposed to the coronavirus.

Studies show that people with COVID-19 antibodies are offered at least some immunity from reinfection, and antibody testing will give researchers an idea of what level of potential protection the Black community may have ahead of an anticipated second wave.

Dr. Upton Allen from Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital, who is leading the…



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