Project Lead: Dr Sara Jenks

When patients are tested for COVID on admission to hospital with a nasal swab it is possible that a negative result may be a false negative i.e. they test negative even though they do have the disease. Testing antibodies on admission could help to identify more COVID positive patients and therefore treat the patient accordingly.

The purpose of this project is to find out how best antibody tests can help with COVID diagnosis – particularly where a COVID test is negative and antibody is positive.

The project will initially look at the results of the Abbott laboratory antibody blood tests but, depending on results, may widen to include other company’s antibody tests.