What are the benefits and risks of taking part?

Other population-based research studies in the UK are asking their participants to provide a sample for the same antibody testing. Analysing the information from Next Steps alongside these other studies will help us understand who has had COVID-19, and why some people develop severe disease and others do not.

Potential benefits:

Your involvement will contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

Antibody tests are not widely available. By taking part in this study you will have access to one.

Possible risks:

Your finger may be a bit sore from the finger prick needed to produce blood drops. As you would with any small cut, the area should be kept clean to avoid infection. However, the process and products in the kit are used routinely in a wide range of healthcare applications, including measurement of blood glucose levels in the management of diabetes. The equipment is sterile and following the instructions provided in the kit will minimise risk of infection (such as cleaning the area before and after). In the unlikely event you injure yourself or feel unwell, please seek medical attention. Use the NHS 111 online service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.