We are aware that antibody testing kits are available to buy online or on the high street.
What does the test show?
Experts believe a proportion of people who have had Covid-19 never actually develop symptoms.
The new test can identify people who have had coronavirus even if they have never had any indication they are infected.
If the test show’s I’ve had covid-19, am I now immune from it?
At present, the science is inconclusive as to whether a positive test result for antibodies means a person is immune to Covid-19, or whether or not they can be re-infected with the virus, or pass it on. Research is ongoing to learn the answers to these questions.
Therefore we ask that you maintain social distancing, regular hand washing, and use of PPE. If that if you or any members of your household develop symptoms you continue to follow the regulations.
What is the benefit of the test if I still have to follow social distancing and self-isolation rules if me or a family member becomes symptomatic?
Accurate and reliable lab-based antibody tests will improve understanding and data on Covid-19.
If it is eventually proven that people with antibodies are immune, they could safely return to work and socialise with other people without fear of catching or spreading the virus.
During the current COVID-19 outbreak, patients experiencing certain symptoms (breathing issues and / or fever) and who have been telephone assessed by a GP to need a face-to-face examination will be called to our local ‘Red Hub’.
Click here www.northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk/redhubs to find out more about where to go, what it will look and feel like and what to do when you arrive. There is also a short film and animation to explain why it looks different for children.
If you need urgent medical advice between the hours of 6.30 pm – 8 am weekdays, during weekends or on Bank Holidays – please telephone 111.
NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do. For children under 5 call 111