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I was the family guinea pig for a new Covid antibody test

Antibody tests, which reveal whether you’ve had Covid-19, have been hailed as the way out of lockdown and safely getting people back to work. 

With one of the first tests now finally officially approved, Mail writers undergo two versions — and find out what’s it’s like to discover you’ve had the virus confirmed . . . or 프리서버 not.

 

A tiny plaster on my right arm and a £199 hole in my bank account are the tell-tale signs I have tried the Government’s new test to see if Covid-19 can be blamed for the nasty cough and banging headache I had before lockdown even started.

In early March, I thought I had flu and, with my temperature hovering above normal, I climbed under the duvet for three days.

In the long weeks since, with Britain paralysed by the pandemic, I developed a nagging worry that my sudden illness was down to the virus which has transformed how we live and 리니지프리서버순위 — tragically — how many die.

So I set out to find the truth. A few hours after the Government trumpeted that it is to introduce antibody tests in the battle against Covid-19, I booked an appointment with a doctor at a private clinic in London.

The Government is promising to buy millions of tests, like the one I had last week, and hand them out for free.

Reporter Sue Reid after having a Covid-19 anti-body test at a clinic in Queen Anne Street, Marylebone, London 

The test scours the human body for antibodies released by the immune system as you fight coronavirus, and can tell, with near certainty, whether you have had the disease in the past.

I went online to book my test one evening after a simple Google search of ‘Covid-19 antibody check’. Early the next morning I got a phone call from a pleasant-sounding woman at the clinic I had chosen. She checked my name and address, gave me a 1pm slot that day and took my £199 payment.

Soon, I was in my mask and heading off in a black cab (sanitised by the driver, Tony) to the central London clinic, where they took a phial of my blood and sent it for 리니지프리섭 testing at a laboratory. ‘We will send you the result by email later today,’ the doctor told me.

Frankly, it was a relief to get it done. For I suspected the virus might have struck others close to me, too.

A fortnight before I took to my bed, my partner, Nigel, had been rushed to hospital, suffering from a mystery infection.

Reporter Sue Reid had a Covid-19 anti-body test at this clinic in Queen Anne Street, Marylebone, London

He has cancer, is undergoing chemotherapy, and his immune system has been shot to pieces.

Despite all manner of tests, the doctors could not discover what bug was ravaging Nigel’s increasingly thin body. He had a fever, searing stomach pains, and was so ill that for 24 hours he barely knew he was in hospital.

Was it sepsis he had picked up? A bad reaction to chemo? Or was it coronavirus? None of the doctors knew. Nigel was not tested for Covid-19 (it was early days), and when the mystery infection cropped up again last week — meaning he is back in hospital — he had no clue if he’d had the virus and, if so, whether it had come back.

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I turned to a doctor pal for advice. She came up with a cunning plan. ‘If you have the antibody test and find out you had coronavirus when you were ill in March, then the chances are Nigel had it in hospital and then passed it to you,’ she suggested. So, as the family guinea pig, I walked into the clinic. The doctor there said my test would, after lab analysis, very accurately show if I had been hit by Covid-19.

Three-and-a-half hours later, I received an email from the clinic saying I was in the clear.

And that means, almost certainly, that Nigel did not have the virus, either, when he ended up in hospital the first time.

I am sure I am not the only one rushing to have the test.

Even if you test positive, it does not guarantee immunity from the disease. The makers of the Government tests — Abbott Laboratories in the U.S. and Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche — make that clear.

But these tests give us a glimmer of hope. They will help scientists get a ‘bigger picture’ of Covid-19’s lethal antics.

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