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Covid research study letter

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Hangoverstruggles Tue 12-May-20 09:02:15

Hi, DH has received a letter inviting him to participate in a Covid 19 testing research study.

It looks official but I feel like I've seen something about these letters on Facebook as being a scam?

Does anyone know? Thanks

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Realitea Tue 12-May-20 09:10:49

Who’s it from?

onemorepringle Tue 12-May-20 09:11:11

Is it from the ONS? It’s genuine if so.

onemorepringle Tue 12-May-20 09:11:27

May be genuine, sorry. But I would google any phone no provided.

MinkowskisButterfly Tue 12-May-20 09:18:45

Someone from school got one fir their dd (the child is 5) it came from Ipso Mori and NHS. Apparently they fill out a questionnaire and are then sent a test kit for the child. Dodnt realise there was a scam.

onemorepringle Tue 12-May-20 09:19:04

There are always scams about!

MinkowskisButterfly Tue 12-May-20 09:20:08

I should have said it's for Imperial College London, research.

cathyandclare Tue 12-May-20 09:21:54

There are definitely letters being sent out at the moment.

Wtfdoipick Tue 12-May-20 09:28:37

We've received one, it's marked University college London. Nhs and Ipsos Mori. Supposed to involve regular testing for the virus for the next year and may include antibody testing.

onemorepringle Tue 12-May-20 09:29:41

I would do it - I wish I could get a test.

Hangoverstruggles Tue 12-May-20 09:57:02

This one has NHS, imperial College London, Ipsos MORI and Dept of Health and Social Care logos on the top, and the letter looks very legit.

It's asking him to register and they'll then send a home testing kit. I guess there's not a financial risk! And would be interesting just in case it flags something, although we've not had symptoms in the house.

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vanessalightfoot Tue 12-May-20 10:20:05

Someone I know has one, think they are legit it’s part of large scale testing to find out the true numbers of people who have had the virus.

Realitea Tue 12-May-20 10:22:25

Yes I had an invite from kings college - sounds similar

mindutopia Tue 12-May-20 10:57:23

I would look up the researcher or department conducting the study and contact them. Not on the number or details provided in the letter. It’s very difficult to get permission to send unsolicited requests to participate in NHS research (I’m a clinical researcher). It does happen and in extraordinary circumstances like this, it’s much more likely. But I would confirm before you give any personal information away. You may also be able to confirm with the R&D office of the NHS trust who is conducting it.

stillfeelingmad Tue 12-May-20 11:29:18

A family member had one the same and gp confirmed it was legit

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