02 Apr 2020
Covid 19 Coronavirus Update 1 Apr 2020
Author: Dr Simon Worrell, Global Medical Director
Dr Worrell has over 20 years of experience in the delivery of international medical assistance and emergency care, and has significant specialist expertise in immunology and communicable diseases. Simon leads Collinson’s medical team and provides expert advice on medical issues including pandemics from Ebola to Zika, helping to keep travellers and expatriates safe as they work and holiday internationally.
Testing for the coronavirus COVID-19 is now a global hot topic. With countries testing different amounts, authorities calling for increasing tests, and the emergence of new kinds of coronavirus testing, we no longer just need to be armchair epidemiologists – but virologists and immunologists too.
First, the basics. The testing until now has been for the virus itself. When patients display symptoms such as a fever or a persistent cough, to see whether the coronavirus has caused the infection (and not another virus, such as th...