Take 2: COVID-19 Serological Tests, democratic dropout

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Hannah Gonzalez

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nation’s relevant news for the community.

COVID-19 Serological Tests: A serological test takes a sample of blood and detects antibodies. In this case, a sample will be taken from a recovered COVID-19 patient to determine the body’s immune response. Stanford Health Care has recently started testing their health care workers to see who has already contracted the virus and who has recovered. 

Significance: The coronavirus is a new outbreak with little scientifically backed treatments. The serological tests will help healthcare professionals determine if a person who has already contracted the virus has immunity or is still susceptible to COVID-19. The FDA also says that this type of testing will aid in identifying people that can donate convalescent plasma, which is a possible treatment for the virus.  

Democratic Dropout: Vermont Senator Berine Sanders announced the suspension of his presidential campaign Wednesday. This was his second run for president, after losing the Democratic Primary to former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Sanders described himself as a democratic socialist and found favor among young voters.  

Significance: With Sanders out of the race for president, former Vice President, Joe Biden, becomes the likely Democratic nominee to face President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Sanders and Biden ran two fundamentally different campaigns. Sanders, known for his “Medicare for All” promise, ran a progressive campaign that resonated with younger generations. In a response to Sanders dropping out, Biden said “And to your supporters, I make the same commitment. I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country.”