Covid ‘chemical fingerprint’ test gives hope for fit over-70s

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Covid ‘chemical fingerprint’ test gives hope for fit over-70s

The test to predict who will suffer severe symptoms promises to unravel a vexing coronavirus conundrum

Steve Bird

Cambridge University scientists are developing a test to predict who is most likely to suffer severe or minor symptoms if they catch Covid-19.

It is hoped analysis of people’s “molecular fingerprint” – the combinations of chemicals in a person’s body – will reveal a biochemical pattern that predicts who is most at risk and who is likely to barely notice if they catch coronavirus.

The research, which is being conducted in partnership with a specialist laboratory in Australia, could solve the frustration felt by those who are over 70 and classified as being vulnerable and told to stay home, despite being fit and healthy. If successful the project would mean those who turn out to be relatively resistant to Covid-19 but might otherwise have regarded themselves as at high risk can feel more confident about venturing out or returning to work...

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