Southampton COVID-19 Testing Programme Pilot Study

  • Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
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Grant number: C19-IUC-326

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Key facts

  • Disease

    COVID-19
  • Funder

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Principle Investigator

    Pending
  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton
  • Research Category

    Pathogen: natural history, transmission and diagnostics

  • Research Subcategory

    Diagnostics

  • Special Interest Tags

    Gender

  • Study Subject

    Non-Clinical

  • Clinical Trial Details

    N/A

  • Broad Policy Alignment

    Pending

  • Age Group

    Unspecified

  • Vulnerable Population

    Unspecified

  • Occupations of Interest

    Unspecified

Abstract

The Southampton COVID-19 Testing Programme Pilot Study is assessing the feasibility of at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for whole households to help stop the spread of the virus as lockdown restrictions are eased. Providing saliva for testing is much simpler than the swab tests currently in use. The samples are tested using a technique called direct reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), which is simpler, faster and cheaper than the usual method of RT-qPCR. What we learn from this first phase will help us assess the feasibility of more widespread testing in the future. Testing started on June 22nd and finished on July 25th 2020.