The pandemic update from Britain: hope, hype, and a tiger running loose


CaptureMy Featured Blogger this week is Ellen Hawley of Notes from the U.K. A New York-born transplant to picturesque Cornwall, England, Ellen is the author of three popular seriocomic novels. The same mix of facts and whimsy shows up in her generally informative and always delightful blog posts.

So, Bob’s your uncle, give her a read!

Notes from the U.K.

At the risk of injecting a dangerous note of optimism into these updates, a new blood test looks promising. It might–emphasis on might–be able to pick up traces of Covid-19 a day after a person’s been infected. That would be several days before symptoms show up and most importantly (there may be a small question mark involved here) before a person’s contagious.

That’s four days sooner than any existing test can pick up the beast.

It’s been developed by Darpa–the U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency–by the folks who usually work on diagnosing germ and chemical warfare poisoning. The test’s been rushed to the Food and Drug Administration for fast-track approval. If it is approved, it’s expected to be available in the U.S. in the second half of May.

Possibly. The fine print is that approval isn’t guaranteed. And they won’t know how early it can pick up…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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7 Responses to The pandemic update from Britain: hope, hype, and a tiger running loose

  1. Eliza says:

    Her articles are always great

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  2. revruss1220 says:

    I really like her style! Thanks for sharing that with us.
    And by the way, I am regularly accused of MSU (or, making stuff up) when I use the phrase “Bob’s your uncle” around friends and family. I am very glad and vindicated to see you using it here.

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  3. Ellen Hawley says:

    Thanks for the reblog, Mitch. I appreciate it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Mick Davies says:

    As a Brit, I found the title irresistible. What can I say? I’ve signed-up.
    Thanks Mitch

    Liked by 1 person

  5. It’s a shame we are all wearing a new face!😞😷

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