COVID-19

COVID-19 antibody test

COVID antibody testing update

The limits of COVID antibody testing Testing for COVID-19 antibodies is intended to show is a person has previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2. Although many tests are being marketed commercially, very few have been rigorously tested, assessed and approved by Public Health England (PHE). The largest independent pathology laboratory in the country, The Doctors Laboratory …

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COVID-19 antibody test

Monoclonal antibody COVID treatment

New treatments for COVID-19 Monoclonal antibody treatments have revolutionised cancer care. Herceptin, which is used to treat breast cancer, is just one good example.  Now the same treatments may be able to achieve results with COVID-19 too. Monoclonal antibody therapy Monoclonal antibodies are antibodies (blood proteins that fight infections or disease inside the body) which …

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COVID-19 antibody test

mRNA vaccine update October 2020

More progress with mRNA vaccines Concerns have lingered over the ChAdOX (“the Oxford”) vaccine candidate since pre-clinical trial data suggested it would be unlikely to provide complete protection. It appeared to provide good protection against lower-airway viral replication, but no evidence of a reduction of viral replication in nasal tissue was provided. That means the …

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New test for COVID 19

New test for COVID-19

A new type of test for COVID-19 An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine today highlights some promising advances in finding new ways to quickly test for COVID-19, as well as some of the best acronyms seen in healthcare for quite some time. CRISPR gene editing technology is fairly well-known. By exploiting …

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COVID-19 antibody test

COVID-19 does trigger immunity

COVID Immune Confirmation May Help Find Vaccine Nobody yet knows if any of the hundreds of COVID-19 vaccines under development will work. Talk of “moonshots” and, recently,  a prominent vaccine trial being temporarily suspended, have received wide coverage in the media. Because as a species we don’t have any existing immunity to COVID-19, we are …

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Group testing for COVID-19

COVID-19 Group Testing The early problems with testing for COVID-19 have been well documented. The physical limits to the number of tests that can be run through a lab represent an upper limit to the number of tests that can be processed each day. That limit meant that tests were limited to frontline health workers …

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Temperature screening for COVID-19

Temperature checking for COVID-19 Many businesses are having to consider the logistical and legal aspects involved in bringing people back into offices and workplaces, as we start to re-open businesses following the first wave of COVID-19. HR Professionals are frequently being asked about technical solutions to help manage risks, from online risk assessments, to non-contact …

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