Infectious disease specialist hopes blood test could help stop coronavirus spread

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) An infectious disease specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center hopes a blood test will be coming in the future months that could help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Dr. Tim Lahey, an infectious disease specialist with the UVM Medical Center, said the blood test would determine if someone is exposed to COVID-19 and if they are immune. He says this will make it more clear to let people know when it's safe for them to go back to work. Lahey also noted that Vermont will begin to see cases go up in the very near future.

"We are starting to see the number of cases increase dramatically in our hospitals," said Lahey. "Although, I think we are still in the early days, based in Seattle, New York City. In the coming weeks, we expect to get much busier."

He also says cuts in funding for public health have led to issues with preparation for COVID-19.

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