British Health Ministry Says 17% of Londoners Had Virus

Henrietta Brewer
May 25, 2020

"The test is not intended for use as a home test and it should not be conducted with a finger stick blood sample", the company told Pharmacy Business in a statement on Thursday (May 21).

It comes after the Government has faced widespread criticism over its struggle to meet the target of conducting 100,000 tests a day.

Regulators required it after previously allowing tests to launch with minimal oversight, which critics said had created a "Wild West" of unregulated testing.

"Superdrug seems to be playing on people's fears and that's not right". As many as 4,000 people will be tested in the county of Hampshire in southern England. "They deserve nothing less". Tests are unreliable, the volume of testing needed is unfeasible and the threats to privacy and marginalised groups who would likely face even greater scrutiny all mean that immunity passports are a bad idea, they wrote.

A worker at the state-run coronavirus testing site at Monroe Community College's campus in Brighton directs a driver through the parking lot

Superdrug launched the Covid-19 antibody testing kit on Wednesday (May 20) but there were concerns over accuracy of results which Superdrug put down at 97.5 per cent.

If the test proves accurate and as rapid as billed, it will greatly help the government's plans for a test and trace system to pick up new outbreaks of coronavirus once lockdown ruled are further eased.

I've now posted my sample to the laboratory and Superdrug promise results to be sent within two days of the lab receiving it.

This new test could provide accurate results nearly on the spot.

It works this out by testing your blood for coronavirus antibodies to see if they have already beaten the virus and gained some immunity to it. "If it works, we'll roll it out as soon as we can".

The new swab test - which would show whether someone now has the virus - does not need to be sent to a lab.

The new test, produced by United Kingdom company OptiGene, could provide accurate results "almost on the spot", Mr Hancock said.

Now that we know COVID-19 patients do indeed produce antibodies against the virus, the CDC and several commercial manufacturers have developed serology or antibody tests for COVID-19.

Sensitivity is a measure of how likely a test is to pick up antibodies when they're present.

"These tell you if you have had the virus, and have developed antibodies in response that might help you to fight the virus in future", he said.

This test will help public health leaders take a true count of how many people across the USA have been infected with the virus, including those who never had any symptoms of the virus and never received a molecular test.

Speaking at his usual remote COVID-19 news briefing in London, Hancock said the study came out of Britain's government-funded effort to develop antibody tests, which he said were not reliable enough for clinical use.

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