05/27/2020: Lab Advisory: CDC Releases Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Antibody Testing

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Advisory

CDC Releases Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Antibody Testing

CDC has developed interim guidance for antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The guidance is for healthcare providers, clinical laboratory professionals, and public health officials and includes information about types of antibody testing, limitations of serologic tests, strategies for optimizing testing outcomes, and recommendations for using serologic tests and interpreting their results.

SARS-CoV-2 is an emerging virus, and what is known about it is rapidly evolving. CDC will update this guidance as additional information becomes available.

Online resources:

Laboratory Outreach Communication System | Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

LOCS@cdc.gov

www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs

Page last reviewed: May 27, 2020