Volunteers needed for Covid-19 tests

2020-05-13 06:02

The University of the Witwaters­rand’s Human Research Ethics Committee has been approved for South Africa’s Coronavirus (SARS-Cov2) rapid test study.

South Africans who have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and tested negative, are urgently being sought for SA’s coronavirus rapid test study.

Prof. Elizabeth Mayne, head of immunology at Wits University and the principal investigator for this study, says testing for the coronavirus currently is difficult and expensive.

Mayne says they need 300 participants for a study to check various rapid tests that are being brought into South Africa to make sure that they work.

“We need samples from people who have had coronavirus or who have antibodies for coronavirus to be able to test this,” she said.

Participants will be given full details about the study and will be able to ask questions. A nurse, wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE), will come to the participant’s home. The nurse will take around eight teaspoons of blood, some saliva and some mouth/throat swabs.

The patient will be asked for information such as age, underlying conditions like high blood pressure and chronic lung diseases, any medications being taken, when he or she tested positive, travel history and asked if they had any symptoms.

Participants will not be able to get the results of their tests. These samples will be used to create banks of known positive and negative controls that scientists around the country can use to quickly and accurately test any rapid or serological tests.

Participation is voluntarily. You can withdraw consent at any time.

If you would consider participating, email Mayne at elizabeth.mayne@nhls.ac.za or dial 082-337-6349 and full information will be shared with you.

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