Dr Hilary Jones reveals how ‘gamechanger’ coronavirus antibody self-test will work on GMB

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Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary has demonstrated how the new ‘gamechanging’ coronavirus antibody test will work.

Appearing on the ITV show this morning, the health expert revealed how the self-test determines whether you have had the virus and if you are now immune to it or still at risk.

While holding the test in his hand – which only needs a finger prick of blood to work – he described it as a “gamechanger” and said that 3.5 million of the tests have been ordered by the UK Government.

It comes as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread across the country, with the death toll now more than 500.



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Many NHS workers are calling out to be tested as they try and fight the frontline battle against the worldwide pandemic.

Watch the video above to listen to his full explaination.

Speaking to hosts Lorraine Kelly and Ben Shepard, the GP revealed that the self-test involves inserting a drop of blood and a couple of drops of a buffer solution.

He added that within “five minutes” you will be able to see if you have been a carrier of the virus or not.

“These will be really useful to people who need to know whether they are safe to go back to work or not.” He said.

While explaining how the test works, he revealed there are two types of antibodies that we make when we are exposed to this virus.

“One is called IGG, the other is IGM.” He said. “IGM rises quite quickly within seven days of the illness and lasts 2-3 weeks.

“IGG lasts longer, it rises after about 14 days after exposure to the virus and after symptoms, and lasts around six months.


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“So it also means we’ll be able to test how long immunity against this virus lasts, which will be key. This will be a gamechanger.”

While revealing that he had received a prototype of the test from China to show on the morning talk show, Dr Hilary also said “we’re getting there” when asked when they will be introduced in the UK.

He also urged people to be sensible when they do become available and let the people who need the tests the most to get them as a priority, adding: “This will be really useful for people who need to know if they can go back safely.”

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