Posted on 25 March 2020
Amazon is to deliver home testing kits to people self-isolating with symptoms. The kits will also be available for purchase in chemist shops.
The test involves a finger prick to draw blood, which is then analysed by a device. The test detects two types of antibodies: IgM, which is produced early on during infection, and IgG, a highly specific antibody that is produced later.
Unlike current testing, which measures the presence of the virus itself, this test would also confirm whether a person has previously been infected. This would potentially allow them to resume their normal lives and employment without fear of catching and spreading the infection – particularly important for healthcare workers.
The test’s effectiveness will be evaluated in Oxford this week, following which it will be made available.
UK coronavirus mass home testing to be made available 'within days': https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/uk-coronavirus-mass-home-testing-to-be-made-available-within-days