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Sat 16th May 2020
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This week I was randomly selected to take part in a Coronavirus Research Study to see who has COVID-19 without knowing it, as part of a research study with the NHS and Imperial College London. This is important research for a number of reasons; I imagine one is because if there are sufficient numbers who have COVID-19 without knowing it out there, coming out of lock down will presumably be harder.

How does it work?

The UK government are doing a randomised test to see if people in the community have the Coronavirus without knowing it - and I have been randomly selected. I don't have any Coronavirus symptoms. Part of research study with NHS, Imperial College London & Ipsos MORI.

After agreeing to take part, I was posted a COVID-19 Home Testing Kit, and instructions on how to return (courier picks it up), and did the test myself today. In about 1 week I will find out if I have Coronavirus - although I don't expect I will as I have no symptoms, and haven't been in contact within anyone much in the past 8 weeks since lock down started.

COVID-19 Testing Package
Contents of package

How does it work?

The UK government are doing a randomised test to see if people in the community have the Coronavirus without knowing it - and I have been randomly selected. I don't have any Coronavirus symptoms. Part of research study with NHS, Imperial College London & Ipsos MORI.

After agreeing to take part, I was posted a COVID-19 Home Testing Kit, and instructions on how to return (courier picks it up), and did the test myself today. In about 1 week I will find out if I have Coronavirus - although I don't expect I will as I have no symptoms, and haven't been in contact within anyone much in the past 8 weeks since lock down started.

COVID-19 Testing Package
Contents of package

Did you mind doing the test?

Not at all. I am all for medical research, and I feel that I'm doing my bit. And I don't mind knowing if I have the virus or not - I don't expect I have.

But it is ironic that so many people haven't been tested but I have
We have heard so much in the past month about a lack of testing in UK; this has improved a lot recently we are told. But it is still ironic that I have been tested - although of course for reasons of research which I think is important for future planning in the UK.

Did you mind doing the test?

Not at all. I am all for medical research, and I feel that I'm doing my bit. And I don't mind knowing if I have the virus or not - I don't expect I have.

But it is ironic that so many people haven't been tested but I have
We have heard so much in the past month about a lack of testing in UK; this has improved a lot recently we are told. But it is still ironic that I have been tested - although of course for reasons of research which I think is important for future planning in the UK.

Was the test painful?

Not really. Whilst I'm not a sick person, having had rare medical conditions for 30 years I've been to many London hospitals and had various tests over the years, including some pretty horrible ones. Whilst I haven't had other tests recently, doing these tests is just another test for me.

Was the test painful?

Not really. Whilst I'm not a sick person, having had rare medical conditions for 30 years I've been to many London hospitals and had various tests over the years, including some pretty horrible ones. Whilst I haven't had other tests recently, doing these tests is just another test for me.

How do you do the test?

When the package arrived yesterday I eagerly read the instructions, which were quite long. I had to book the courier pickup first as I can only do the test on the day of pick up. Yesterday got an email saying today was pickup day, so had to do test at 8am.

Instructions
Just some of the instructions

The kit contained quite a few things - instructions, bar codes, swab tests & bag, return box (flat packed). This is what I had to do - all myself (condensed format):

  • Wash hands for 20sec with soap/warm water
  • Unpack everything and check everything was present (did this yesterday in fact)
  • Put my unique bar code label on plastic vial used to return sample
  • Blow nose and cough into tissue that is thrown away
  • Wash hands for 20sec with soap/warm water
  • Take swab out of package - was on long plastic stick
  • Swab tonsils / back of throat for 10 seconds
  • Swab each of my nostrils for 10-15 seconds each
  • Put swab into vial, break off end and seal.
  • Put in biohazard bag, seal and put bar code on
  • Put biohazard bag in return box, seal with security seal
  • Put on return address label, and put in fridge
  • Wait for courier to pick up
  • Fill in research questions online
Test
Parts of the test

The courier picked the package up at about 2:30pm. Not sure if they managed to quite stay the 2m apart the instructions said he would, but it was picked up anyway.

Test
Parts of the test

How do you do the test?

When the package arrived yesterday I eagerly read the instructions, which were quite long. I had to book the courier pickup first as I can only do the test on the day of pick up. Yesterday got an email saying today was pickup day, so had to do test at 8am.

Instructions
Just some of the instructions

The kit contained quite a few things - instructions, bar codes, swab tests & bag, return box (flat packed). This is what I had to do - all myself (condensed format):

  • Wash hands for 20sec with soap/warm water
  • Unpack everything and check everything was present (did this yesterday in fact)
  • Put my unique bar code label on plastic vial used to return sample
  • Blow nose and cough into tissue that is thrown away
  • Wash hands for 20sec with soap/warm water
  • Take swab out of package - was on long plastic stick
  • Swab tonsils / back of throat for 10 seconds
  • Swab each of my nostrils for 10-15 seconds each
  • Put swab into vial, break off end and seal.
  • Put in biohazard bag, seal and put bar code on
  • Put biohazard bag in return box, seal with security seal
  • Put on return address label, and put in fridge
  • Wait for courier to pick up
  • Fill in research questions online
Test
Parts of the test

The courier picked the package up at about 2:30pm. Not sure if they managed to quite stay the 2m apart the instructions said he would, but it was picked up anyway.

Test
Parts of the test

Research Questions

After doing the test, I had to answer research questions online. The questions were about any symptoms I'd had in the past 6 months, and if I think I've ever had the Coronavirus (I don't think I've ever had it), and when, plus other related questions. It also asked about who I had been in contact with in the past 2 weeks etc. Some of the questions were a bit complicated but I think I managed to answer them - and they were important questions to ask because it is trying to see if people have COVID-19 without having symptoms.

Some of the Questions
Some of the Questions

Some of the Questions
Some of the Questions

Some of the Questions
Some of the Questions

Research Questions

After doing the test, I had to answer research questions online. The questions were about any symptoms I'd had in the past 6 months, and if I think I've ever had the Coronavirus (I don't think I've ever had it), and when, plus other related questions. It also asked about who I had been in contact with in the past 2 weeks etc. Some of the questions were a bit complicated but I think I managed to answer them - and they were important questions to ask because it is trying to see if people have COVID-19 without having symptoms.

Some of the Questions
Some of the Questions

Some of the Questions
Some of the Questions

Some of the Questions
Some of the Questions

What do your children think?

I told our 7 & 9 year old children about it, and they watched me do the test - it is important they know what is happening and we've discussed what the outcome might be (although of course I explain to them that I'm unlikely to have the virus).

What do your children think?

I told our 7 & 9 year old children about it, and they watched me do the test - it is important they know what is happening and we've discussed what the outcome might be (although of course I explain to them that I'm unlikely to have the virus).

I now have to wait

I now have to wait for the results, but that doesn't bother me. Having had a number of tests over the years you get used to, it is as normal as going shopping, and I'll probably forget to check my spam email folder in the next few days (because that is where the research emails generally go). I don't think I have COVID-19, and if somehow I do then we'll just have to deal with that as and when it comes.

I now have to wait

I now have to wait for the results, but that doesn't bother me. Having had a number of tests over the years you get used to, it is as normal as going shopping, and I'll probably forget to check my spam email folder in the next few days (because that is where the research emails generally go). I don't think I have COVID-19, and if somehow I do then we'll just have to deal with that as and when it comes.


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