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517 HSC staff tested for antibodies so far

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ANTIBODY testing has revealed that 2.9% of frontline healthcare staff could have had Covid-19.

Antibody tests for Covid-19 have begun in Guernsey for healthcare staff. (28506398)

517 staff from Health & Social Care have been tested for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, following the introduction of clinics offering testing to healthcare staff.

This latest development to the testing programme, which began at the beginning of July, will identify all those staff who have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, including some who may have experienced no symptoms at all and were therefore not tested for the virus.

Of the 517 who were tested, 15 were positive, 477 were negative and 25 are still awaiting results.

Positives as a proportion of those tested so far represent 2.9%

Head of Health Intelligence at Public Health Services Jenny Cataroche said expanding the testing programme to include antibody testing for HSC staff will identify staff who are likely to have had Covid-19.

'Anyone testing positive is interviewed to try to establish when they are most likely to have had the virus and what symptoms, if any, they experienced.

'This information will add to our understanding of the spread of the virus on island.

There is still uncertainty about what the presence of antibodies means for a person’s immunity to future infection.

She added: 'We have to assume at this stage that those with antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 could be infected again and could pass infection on to other people.'

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