Simple finger-prick tests Coronavirus
Millions of finger-prick coronavirus home-tests could be ready to order on Amazon or pick up in Boots in a matter of days, according to Public Health England (PHE). Sharon Peacock, of PHE‘s National Infection Service, said 3.5million antibody tests the Government has bought will be available in the ‘near future‘.
Asked whether these could be within several days, she told the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee ‘absolutely’. However, Professor Peacock did not explain if the test would be free on the NHS or if suspected patients would have to pay. Health chiefs say the tests – which scour a sample of blood for antibodies made by the body to fight the virus – will initially be available for frontline healthcare staff.
The Government’s aim is to get thousands of doctors, nurses and paramedics who have had to self isolate at home as a precaution back to work. PHE has not revealed who is manufacturing the tests, which detect if someone has had the infection previously and is now immune.