Is coronavirus antibody testing on children & young people acceptable?
Imperial College London are carrying out a research study called REACT 2 that hopes to understand how many people in England have already been infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This involves getting people to do a finger-prick antibody test at home to check for antibodies in their blood. The presence of antibodies (i.e. a positive test result) would suggest someone had already had COVID-19 in the past.
An important part of this programme is to understand how easy it is for people to use these finger-prick antibody tests at home. But to date, we have only done this usability testing with adults. We are therefore hoping to run another small-scale study to assess the acceptability and usability of performing antibody testing on children in England, which is why we would like your help.
We’re looking to rapidly capture the views, concerns, questions and suggestions of anyone in England who is aged 16-17 or is the parent/carer of children aged 5-17 to influence our plans going forwards.
This work comes at a critical time as we try to understand how far the infection has spread and as the Government makes decisions about how schools can reopen. But as such, we're keen to inform this research quickly. The feedback and input captured via this public involvement sprint will help us improve our research plans and hopefully influence policy and practice with the research findings if the study goes ahead.
Open to anyone living in England and:
- Aged 16-17, or
- A parent or carer of at least one child aged 5-17
Please share with family and friends to help us capture a wide range of voices.
What will I be asked to do?
Complete a short online survey to share your views, questions and concerns about antibody testing on children and/or young people.
The survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete and all responses will be treated anonymously unless you consent to otherwise.
When and where?
The online survey is open now and will close on Sunday 21 June at 11pm, BST.
Either click the Green Button (VOICE members) at the top or the following link (non-VOICE members) to take part: https://imperial.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0kqZShesS92WmEJ
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