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Ohio is now allowing nasal swab testing for anyone who might have COVID-19, not just those with severe symptoms.

Some labs are also offering a blood test for people who think they might have had a mild case of the disease.

This antibody test measures the body’s immune response to the coronavirus.

But the head of Cleveland Clinic’s coronavirus testing lab says these antibody tests are largely useless.

Health officials say the new study to gather samples of COVID-19 antibody test results will include a broad range of participants from around Ohio.

Wellness Wednesday: Antibody Tests

May 13, 2020
A health worker draws blood from a patient for a COVID-19 antibody test at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in DeLand, Fla.
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Antibody testing could help health researchers track the spread of COVID-19, with the hope of hastening the return of life as it was before the pandemic.

Dozens of antibody tests for the novel coronavirus have come online in recent weeks, but not all tests are made equal.

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As Ohio begins reopening businesses, parents in need of child care will have to wait a while longer to find answers. Gov. Mike DeWine said he's not ready yet to announce a reopening date for daycares, something that was expected Monday, saying the plan needs more work.