The state health department has been testing people for COVID-19 to get a better picture of how many people have been infected by the virus. “This is a challenging time, but then you have to step up to the challenge, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do,” says Sanjay Sethi, MD
, professor of medicine
and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
. Sethi explains that antibodies found in the blood are the natural way our bodies fight the virus. “They’re supposed to neutralize or kill the virus, so that’s the normal response or the way the body deals with an infection, and theoretically those antibodies should be able to protect you or prevent reinfection,” he says.