This page is intended to provide updates for participants on the work that has been done with their samples and data. We will keep this page updated with research results, reports and plans.
Predicting risk We have produced the largest study anywhere in the world of COVID-19 cases (25,000 cases so far), enabling us to produce the most accurate risk prediction models for the UK population. These will continue to improve. The first one shows that obesity is an important risk factor amongst many. This finding will help to protect people at high risk of death from COVID-19. Our preprint is now online Features of 16,749 hospitalised UK patients with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol See the pre-print here, and the final peer-reviewed paper here. We have also produced an interactive infographic to help communicate these findings.
Testing the tests We proposed and established a Diagnostic Evaluation Platform at the University of Oxford (led by Dr Alex Mentzer) which is already being used to provide evidence to the UK government about the performance of new diagnostic and antibody tests. This work is essential because if tests work well they can save lives; if they don’t, they can cause enormous damage. See the paper here.
Defining the international reference standard for COVID-19 serology ISARIC 4C provided the first 11 samples to the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) from COVID-19 cases. These samples will be used to make an international standard, which will be used all over the world to compare results from blood tests for COVID-19.
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