I was contacted by letter asking if I'd take part in a COVID-19 testing research study which is being carried out by Imperial College London, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. My name was chosen at random from the NHS list of patients registered with a GP. It's to monitor the levels of COVID-19. I'm used to taking part in medical research, I've received numerous letters asking for my cooperation since I underwent treatment for bowel cancer and I do try to help when I can.
I've had a home test sent to me, which I took this morning. The test is a nose and throat swab and will be collected by courier today. There's also a short online survey to complete which asks about my health and any COVID-19 symptoms I may have had.
I haven't had any symptoms so I expect the results to come back as negative, but people are testing positive without having had any symptoms so you just never know.