Friday June 5, 2020

HSE weighs up using alternative tests for Covid-19

Initiative may include antibody testing to help determine the true extent of the virus’s spread in nursing homes

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

10th May, 2020
In order to determine the true extent of Covid-19 in the homes alternative testing methods could be used

The HSE is to begin research into using alternative methods of testing for Covid-19 in an effort to determine the true extent of the virus’s spread in nursing homes and long-term residential centres.

The need for the study was raised at a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) last month and a proposal will be submitted to the National Covid-19 Research Ethics Committee in the coming weeks.

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