Antibodies study suggests six per cent of English people have had coronavirus (COVID-19)

Antibodies study suggests six per cent of English people have had coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that findings by Imperial College London suggest that around 6% of the population in England—approximately 3.4 million people—had been infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) by 13 July 2020. The findings come from the first report of the world’s largest surveillance study that examines the prevalence of antibodies in the community, which was undertaken in England, with over 100,000 taking part. The study also found that ‘people living in London were most likely to have been infected, as were those working in care homes and health care, and people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups and people living in larger households’.

The department, does however note that ‘while research showed several finger prick tests were accurate enough for large-scale surveillance studies to monitor the spread of COVID-19, no antibody fingerpick test has yet met Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency criteria for individual use, which means none are currently approved for use outside of surveillance studies’.

The study can be found here.

Source: Largest home antibody testing programme for COVID-19 publishes findings

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