INSTINCT STUDY

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The INSTINCT study will investigate the epidemiology and immunology of COVID-19. The study will survey symptomatic patients and their household members. All will receive nucleic acid throat swab tests for SARS-CoV-2 virus and immunology tests on blood samples and nasal swabs. Patients and household contacts will be consented and samples taken by Imperial College research nurses in Professor Ajit Lalvaniā€™s NIHR Respiratory Infections Health Protection Research Unit.

Inclusion criteria:

  • suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 with symptoms for <10 days
  • over 5 years of age
  • have household contacts (ie case is not living on their own)

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