The University of Witwatersrand immunology department needs at least 300 volunteers. They are looking for volunteers who tested positive for the coronavirus or who have been in contact with someone who tested positive.
The study aims to ensure that existing rapid tests for Covid -19 are accurate.
“Qualifying volunteers will need to submit blood and saliva samples for serological testing for Covid-19. This includes the rapid antibody tests and the formal serology assays (an assay is a laboratory procedure to measure quantities).” the institution explained.
Seventy-two South Africans have already volunteered to participate in the study, but the institution needs more.
Dr. Elizabeth Mayne, head of immunology at Wits told News24 on Wednesday, “So far, we have about 70 ( exactly 72 yesterday). So about a quarter of the way there,”
South Africa needs to increase testing for Covid-19 so that infection can be identified, traced, isolated and contained, therefore this study is of vital importance.
If you meet the criteria and wish to participate, email Elizabeth.email@example.com or
call 082 337 6349 for briefing and enrolment.
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