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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 51637, tabled on 1 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how long it will take on average for an individual to receive back the results of their covid-19 antibody test.

Answered on

18 June 2020

The Government is backing efforts to develop a home-use antibody test. These tests are designed to detect if people have had the virus and developed antibodies and could potentially be done at home with a finger prick and deliver results in as little as 25 minutes.

Lab-based antibody tests are currently available to National Health Service and care staff, as well as hospital patients and care residents. The time it takes to receive a result in hospitals and care homes will depend on a number of factors and will therefore vary from patient to patient.