UK Launches Large COVID-19 Study up to 300,000 Participants: Part of National Program to Overcome COVID-19

UK Launches Large COVID-19 Study up to 300,000 Participants Part of National Program to Overcome COVID-19

A large British study of up to 300,000 participants conducted by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) will track the spread of COVID throughout the general population over the next twelve months. Designed to track the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the general population (and produce a representative sample), the study sponsors hope to generate initial findings by early May. By tracking the population, the sponsors hope to answer some fundamental questions around the current rate of infection as well as how many individuals will likely develop antibodies to the novel coronavirus.

5 Pillar Testing Strategy: Key to Transcending Pandemic

Before delving into the study a review of the DHSC’s Five (5) pillar COVID-19-based testing scheme is in order. Uncertainty represents a fundamental challenge with the current situation. For example, there is no clear way to determine who is infected and who is not; when is it safe to return to normal life? Good quality testing represents a path forward and England purports to be “a head of most European countries for testing at this point.” However, they acknowledge considerable challenges that must now be overcome. Their five-pillar stra...

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