COVID-19 testing

Understanding COVID-19 testing with Rick Body. St Emlyn’s

This week Simon and Rick got together to talk through the latest technologies, uses and performance of COVID-19 testing. We think it’s a really useful listen to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various tests and thoughts on where we go next.

We cover a lot of ground, and if you want to know more you can follow the links below.


The FALCON/CONDOR studies led by Rick are the main research studies for assessing COVID-19 tests in the UK.

On – Facilitating AcceLerated Clinical Validation Of Novel Diagnostics for COVID-19 (FALCON-C19) (FALCON-C19)

PCR Tests

These are polymerase chain reaction tests. You may remember them from med/clinical school. The method amplifies small fragments of DNA in order to make them detectable. You can reminder yourself of the details here

LAMP testing

LAMP stands for Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification is a single tube technique that is easier than PCR and potentially quicker.

DNA Nudge

This is commercial product that uses a rapid PCR technique. We talk about this one as it is being used in Virchester

Lateral flow tests

These are now used for staff testing in the NHS



Cite this article as: Simon Carley, "Understanding COVID-19 testing with Rick Body. St Emlyn’s," in St.Emlyn's, December 1, 2020,

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