‘17% Londoners, 5% of UK residents have COVID-19 antibodies’

Superdrug now selling coronavirus antibody tests for £69

While some people will be keen to test whether they have COVID-19 antibodies, some experts have previous warned the public over using them.

It's also not yet known how long any immunity might last or whether people with antibodies can still spread the virus.

A state-run testing center at the Monroe Community College campus in Brighton is scheduling appointments days in advance - call the NY coronavirus hotline at 888-364-3065 to make an appointment.

Around one in six people in London and one in 20 elsewhere in England have already had the coronavirus, the United Kingdom's Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, as he announced plans for "antibody certificates".

Superdrug have said they are confident with the accuracy of the antibody test they are selling. A positive test may, however, be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43 or 229E.

The new swab test - which would show whether someone now has the virus - does not need to be sent to a lab.

"Our action today is an important step the agency has taken to ensure that Americans have access to trustworthy tests", FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., said in an agency statement.

Before the press briefing, Downing Street announced a U-turn on the National Health Service surcharge, saying overseas health and care staff would be exempted from the fee levied on migrants to pay for the NHS.

Spectrum Health warns the presence of antibodies does not mean one is immune from contracting COVID-19, nor does it support easing behaviors such as social distancing, wearing a facemask and regularly washing hands.

Hancock said yesterday: "This new test could provide accurate results nearly on the spot".

"My advice would be to wait until we have better tests which will be available in a similar form very soon, though they are still under evaluation at the moment".

The two-tiered test, available at all Spectrum Health laboratories, is not restricted to a specific patient population but does require an order from a doctor or advanced practice provider.

"What we don't absolutely know at the moment is whether having antibodies, and having the antibodies that are tested in those tests, means that you won't get the virus again".

It was launched yesterday in a trial involving 4000 patients in Hampshire who will be swabbed at GP surgeries, hospitals and care homes.

If the pilot is successful the test, developed by United Kingdom manufacturer Optigene, will be rolled out more widely, the department said.

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