Currently, DIRECT cannot give out results of tests to participants. There are many reasons for this:
Many of the samples are frozen and stored before being analysed and therefore results would
not be available for many months after sample collection
Many of the assays are being performed in research labs rather than hospital labs. These
labs lack the accreditation required for processing of clinical samples.
We do not want to give out sample results which might affect the behaviour of participants.
For example if a participant finds out that they have serological evidence of immunity to
COVID-19 then it may affect how judicious they are with regards to public health and
occupational health measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (e.g. mask wearing,
social distancing etc). This may have implications for the protection of our participants
against COVID-19 and also, given the longitudinal nature of the study, may impact upon