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Why Kentucky is only testing student-athletes for COVID-19 antibodies

Nick Roush06/22/20


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[caption id="attachment_303986" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Social distanced workouts courtesy of @UKFootball.[/caption] Kentucky's student-athletes are still returning to campus. Today marked the final day of firsts for football players as the university announced the volleyball team began its return to campus. The men's basketball team will follow next week. In Monday morning's update the school revealed six of the 106 student-athletes tested positive for a past infection through antibody testing. UK spokesman Guy Ramsey explained to the Herald-Leader's Josh Moore why the school is performing antibody tests upon a player's return instead of using the nasal swab to test for active cases of COVID-19. "There are limitations to diagnostic testing, including a relatively high rate of false negatives in asymptomatic patients," Ramsey said. "Additionally, diagnostic testing only gives a result for that specific point in time. That is, an individual could test negative one day and positive a day or two later.” All six players that did test positive for coronavirus antibodies have since been cleared to return to voluntary workouts. The antibody-testing protocol for clearing players may change in the near future. “As we move forward in this process, instituting and monitoring safety measures becomes more difficult, particularly when teams begin to practice,” Ramsey said. “For that reason and with the university’s plan for all students taking shape, we fully expect moving to more aggressive diagnostic testing in future phases. It’s also important to note that we are actively monitoring all developments and will continue to follow all SEC guidance.” [Herald-Leader]

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