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Mon 11th May 2020
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I've been randomly selected for a COVID-19 test - which means I'll get a coronavirus test at home - even without symptoms!

Why are you being tested?

Invitation letter
Invitation letter

According to the letter, the UK government are doing a randomised test to see if there are people in the community who have the Coronavirus without knowing it. Part of research study with NHS, Imperial College London & Ipsos MORI. They have randomly selected people from the GP lists and written to them, inviting them to take part. If they want to take part, they go to a website, answer some questions and are sent a testing kit in the post, which they then do, then a courier picks it up, it is tested, and you are informed of the results.

Whilst I don't have any Coronavirus symptoms, I'm happy to do this for 2 reasons.

Firstly it helps with the research going on with Coronavirus - maybe there are people who don't have the symptoms but who are carriers and it is good to test this.

Secondly I have some rare medical conditions and it is useful from that perspective to have the test, to add to the research.

So, I'm definitely doing it, and happy to play my part, however small.

Why are you being tested?

Invitation letter
Invitation letter

According to the letter, the UK government are doing a randomised test to see if there are people in the community who have the Coronavirus without knowing it. Part of research study with NHS, Imperial College London & Ipsos MORI. They have randomly selected people from the GP lists and written to them, inviting them to take part. If they want to take part, they go to a website, answer some questions and are sent a testing kit in the post, which they then do, then a courier picks it up, it is tested, and you are informed of the results.

Whilst I don't have any Coronavirus symptoms, I'm happy to do this for 2 reasons.

Firstly it helps with the research going on with Coronavirus - maybe there are people who don't have the symptoms but who are carriers and it is good to test this.

Secondly I have some rare medical conditions and it is useful from that perspective to have the test, to add to the research.

So, I'm definitely doing it, and happy to play my part, however small.

What questions were you asked?

When signing up, I was given a website address and unique number. I was asked to confirm my name and date of birth, and was asked how many were living in the same household and their ages. There are four of us here - my wife, and 7 & 9 year old children. I passed the questions and they say they will send me the test. Had my circumstances been different, I don't know if would have 'passed' - for example if I lived on my own.

What questions were you asked?

When signing up, I was given a website address and unique number. I was asked to confirm my name and date of birth, and was asked how many were living in the same household and their ages. There are four of us here - my wife, and 7 & 9 year old children. I passed the questions and they say they will send me the test. Had my circumstances been different, I don't know if would have 'passed' - for example if I lived on my own.


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