Coronavirus: Antibody study for 10,000 Scottish NHS workers

Thousands of NHS workers will join a study to establish whether Covid-19 antibodies reduce the risk of reinfection.

Chief Medical Officer Gregor Smith said 10,000 healthcare workers would be recruited for the research.

The Siren study will test people every two weeks for a year to track the effects of antibodies.

Dr Smith said it was an "important and exciting opportunity" to study the long-term impact of Covid-19.

Speaking at the Scottish government's coronavirus briefing, he said he was aware of reports of people potentially catching Covid-19 more than once.

He added: "The disease is so new that we are still learning about our immune response to it. And we don't yet know whether it's possible to be re-infected commonly or whether having antibodies will provide enough protection to stop people getting coronavirus more than once.

"That's one of the things that we hope to learn by taking part in the study."

The Siren study has been collecting data in England and will be rolled out across the UK, with a target of regularly testing 100,000 healthcare workers across Scotland and England.

Almost one in every eight public-facing NHS workers will take part in the research in Scotland, organised by Public Health Scotland in collaboration with Caledonian University, according to Dr Smith.

Participants will give regular blood and swab tests and will be asked questions to determine how factors such as ethnicity, age or gender affect the chances of infection and any potential immunity.

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