The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Primer on SARS-CoV-2 Testing


The ability to accurately identify whether individuals are at risk for, infected with, or have an immune response to SARS-CoV-2 is essential to address the COVID-19 pandemic from both a personal and a public health perspective. Reliable testing is critical for:

  • Determining the state of an individual’s immune response to exposure.
  • Assessing whether an individual is contagious and needs to be quarantined.
  • Deciding if an individual is immune and can return to society without undue risk.
  • Facilitating contact tracing to reduce viral spread.
  • Determining the prevalence and natural history of this novel disease.


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