Project Lead: Dr Sara Jenks

On admission to hospital individuals with suspected COVID-19 will currently have swabs taken to check for the presence of COVID-19 viral RNA by a PCR test.  However, many individuals with presumed COVID-19 never have a positive PCR swab result which may be due to them having ceased shedding the virus by the time they are admitted to hospital. In these individuals, antibody tests may provide additional useful information to confirm their diagnosis.

For the currently available antibody tests it may be necessary to compare paired samples of blood to look for evidence of recent infection as a single blood sample may only be able to determine whether or not there has been evidence of past exposure.

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Data-Driven Innovation for Frailty Collaborative Projects in Primary Care Dr Atul Anand Non Covid-19 Project

Frailty and multimorbidity are terms used to describe people at risk of worsening health, increasing disability and death. These are often older people wh...
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Regular reports on COVID-19 cases admitted to NHSL secondary care to support regional research strategy Professor Tim Walsh Covid-19 Project

The COVID-19 pandemic requires an urgent effort to both understand the disease and its impact on people, and also research to rapidly find effective treat...
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