How to: take a COVID-19 antibody test at home

A walk through of the process of performing a 2019-nCov IgG / IgM rapid blood test at home. The test cassettes are manufactured by Biomaxima in Poland and were purchased from Thistle Scientific in Scotland. They come with everything you need, except for the lancets for pricking your finger.

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It’s likely there are more than 1.4m people infected with the coronavirus in Italy.

There is a big difference in COVID-19 death rates across countries. At first glance the Germans, with a death rate of 0.67%, seem to be fairing much better when they catch Coronavirus than those in Italy (11%). Why is this, and could looking at these figures give an idea of how many Italians have really been infected by the virus?

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The Governments coronavirus strategy has been, and still is, not enough to sufficiently slow down the spread of COVID-19

The speed at which the Government is changing its advice got me looking into the reasoning for yesterday’s announcement of much tougher guidelines. The Gov’s previous strategy (the ‘delay’ phase) was one of ‘mitigation’ – that is, ‘everyone will probably get it so we just try and limit the damage’ to the population and economy. This involves, as you may already know, lowering the height of the infection curve over time to reduce the stress on resources.

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The SARS-Cov-2 (Coronavirus) family dilemma: what’s the best action to take for you, and for others?

It’s a rapidly changing situation – a key dilemma for families today, the first Sunday after the announcement of a global pandemic and where the Government has not closed the schools, is whether or not to risk sending your children out to school tomorrow morning. It’s not an easy decision to make.

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