As a viral immunologist, I see immunity in Covid-19 as a puzzle that we have yet to solve. But every week, new publications add new pieces to the jigsaw. When vaccines become widely available, protection will be much easier to assess using serology and lab-based tests. Right now, antibody tests do not confirm protection – it is just too early to know the quantity and type that would be necessary for that. They are still important, however, in charting the virus’s progress through our care homes, hospitals, public transport systems and workplaces (even if they do underestimate those affected). It is therefore vital that people who have agreed to be tested and come back positive are not disadvantaged in any way compared to those whose status is unknown. Without this kind of infection surveillance, much of the hardship of lockdown will have been in vain. … [Read more...] about I’m a viral immunologist. Here’s what antibody tests for Covid-19 tell us
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"This is to have a level of reserve pool so that if we reach a spike in numbers of teachers that are off in any particular area that there are people who can ultimately be called upon then to provide that service." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Peter Weir says exam grade plans are almost completed
“I think that’s the system working,” she said. “Is it working completely perfectly? No, of course it’s not. This is an NHS test-and-trace service that’s a month old.” There was a lot still to learn, but Leicester showed they were able to take “much more targeted action” and not just national action. … [Read more...] about Leicester shows NHS Covid-19 test and trace working, says Harding
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Responding to the Government's decision to lift quarantine restrictions in England, a spokesman for travel trade organisation Abta said: 'The Government announcement today that lifts quarantine restrictions for returning passengers from 10 July in England will be greeted with huge relief by the travel industry, which can now plan ahead and take summer holiday bookings. … [Read more...] about ‘Mass testing’ at UK airports to save our summer holidays: Grant Shapps will FINALLY unveil list of 60 ‘safe’ countries today – including France, Spain, Italy and New Zealand – but will they want Brits to go there?