Each day, the number of coronavirus cases increases across the country, but so does the number of people who have recovered. Louisiana Senator, Bill Cassidy is now recommending an immune registry — something he says would be a valuable resource.
“It tells us who’s protected, who’s not to save lives, give more freedom using systems that have been in place for more than 30 years” said Cassidy.
The registry would collect data in an effort to determine who could be able to return to the workforce and live freely. The registry could also be used as a tool to help with contact tracing.
“Let’s imagine Bill Cassidy is sick, everybody I’ve had contact with folks are going to want to reach out and say, hey, listen you had contact with a fellow who’s infectious, we need to see if you’re infectious to protect you.”
He said, this type of system isn’t new, and the proposed registry would abide by HIPPA and federal laws.
“We have been using this system since the mid 1990’s. We have laws in place for almost 30 years that provides this protection and we can be confident in those laws.”
Cassidy, a medical doctor by trade said medical experts believe a person who recovers from coronavirus would have a natural protection from being re-infected.
“Once you’ve successfully fought it off, you develop the antibodies that protect you, you do not get re-infected.”
He said, although it’s only a proposal. He’s confident that if it’s implemented it would be effective.
“I actually got a phone call from the higher ups at one of the companies making the vaccines, He said, we love your plan.”