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I’ve been asked to a COVID test 08:59 - Sep 16 with 941 viewsPinewoodblue

Sometime ago I thought it would be the right thing to volunteer to take part in a research programmer for COVID-19.

I currently have a typical autumn cold and logged this on a weekly health check I do .

They have ask me to do a test, and this has been agreed with the Department of Health. I have instructions to lie on the test application. I have to say I am an essential worker, with a 74th birthday later this week. If I don’t the system will reject my request. Not a good start.

Just completed the online request apparently their system couldn’t find any test centres.

Oh th4 joys of outsourcing to profit makin* companies.


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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:04 - Sep 16 with 732 viewsfactual_blue

Tell matt halfcock.

Or, preferably, the BBC.

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:05 - Sep 16 with 733 viewsGeoffSentence

Assuming that you are in Pinewood, then you will not only be within coughing distance of your closest test site but actually within the same parish.

And they still couldn't find a test centre.

Unbelievable Jeff.

In the 38 games in which ALB played in goal for us, we averaged 1.53 points per game which, had they been over the course of a single season, would have seen us challenging for the play offs. This at a time when we were otherwise struggling against relegation. Oh, and didn't Mick Mills have terrific posture.
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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:06 - Sep 16 with 723 viewsGeoffSentence

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:04 - Sep 16 by factual_blue

Tell matt halfcock.

Or, preferably, the BBC.


Good point, Look Norfolk were asking for people's problems with covid testing.

In the 38 games in which ALB played in goal for us, we averaged 1.53 points per game which, had they been over the course of a single season, would have seen us challenging for the play offs. This at a time when we were otherwise struggling against relegation. Oh, and didn't Mick Mills have terrific posture.
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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:17 - Sep 16 with 703 viewsPinewoodblue

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:05 - Sep 16 by GeoffSentence

Assuming that you are in Pinewood, then you will not only be within coughing distance of your closest test site but actually within the same parish.

And they still couldn't find a test centre.

Unbelievable Jeff.


Probably no more than 300 yards away as the crow flies. Think it is actually in the parish of Sproughton, daft as that might seem.

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:26 - Sep 16 with 661 viewsbadadski

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:06 - Sep 16 by GeoffSentence

Good point, Look Norfolk were asking for people's problems with covid testing.


It says cannot find test site when their isn’t any capacity by all accounts. You have to keep re submitting the form over and and over again and waste hours doing it until it might find availability.
Absolute joke as I was sitting in the pc world/curry’s car Park waiting half an hour for some one to come out and didn’t see one person enter the test site.
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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:27 - Sep 16 with 657 viewsBanksterDebtSlave

Priceless!

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:29 - Sep 16 with 647 viewsGeoffSentence

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:17 - Sep 16 by Pinewoodblue

Probably no more than 300 yards away as the crow flies. Think it is actually in the parish of Sproughton, daft as that might seem.


Ah yes, so it is, the entrance is in Pinewood, but the actual park and ride site is in Sproughton.

In the 38 games in which ALB played in goal for us, we averaged 1.53 points per game which, had they been over the course of a single season, would have seen us challenging for the play offs. This at a time when we were otherwise struggling against relegation. Oh, and didn't Mick Mills have terrific posture.
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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:30 - Sep 16 with 643 viewsSwansea_Blue

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:32 - Sep 16 with 636 viewsPinewoodblue

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:26 - Sep 16 by badadski

It says cannot find test site when their isn’t any capacity by all accounts. You have to keep re submitting the form over and and over again and waste hours doing it until it might find availability.
Absolute joke as I was sitting in the pc world/curry’s car Park waiting half an hour for some one to come out and didn’t see one person enter the test site.
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They changed to signage recently. Signs from Tesco roundabout direct you down to A12/ A14 junction then through the retail park, presumably so the traffic queueing for the test centre doesn’t interrupt traffic flow to Tesco, Currys etc.

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:37 - Sep 16 with 629 viewsHarry_Palmer

Ok, I see two obvious problems here.

1) You have said yourself you have a 'typical autumn cold' so why have you been asked to take a Covid test when presumably you don't have Covid symptoms'

2) "I have instructions to lie on the test application" This is a little concerning, who is issuing you the instructions to lie? It's not going to amount to very good research if the dat is flawed is it.
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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:52 - Sep 16 with 594 viewsPinewoodblue

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:37 - Sep 16 by Harry_Palmer

Ok, I see two obvious problems here.

1) You have said yourself you have a 'typical autumn cold' so why have you been asked to take a Covid test when presumably you don't have Covid symptoms'

2) "I have instructions to lie on the test application" This is a little concerning, who is issuing you the instructions to lie? It's not going to amount to very good research if the dat is flawed is it.


1) I have COVID symptoms but so do most people with a common cold. The research is to try and better identify symptoms. Had I not volunteered I wouldn’t have considered trying to get test.

2) will copy extracts from email I received.


“As you know, we have developed a software test (an algorithm) to predict COVID-19. To validate this, King's College London are now running the clinical study that you joined, and the Department of Health and Social Care has agreed to give you access to a COVID-19 test. This testing process is run by the Department of Health, and no data will come to us until you choose to share it.”

“ You will be asked to confirm you are an essential worker as part of the booking process. We have agreed with DHSC that you can access testing for the purposes of this research, so please select ‘I have coronavirus symptoms (I'm an essential worker)’ when you reach the relevant screen. Please, indicate in the next screen whether or not you have one of the coronavirus symptoms listed in there”

You would have thought that as part of the online booking process you would be required to confirm involvement in the test and be required to enter some sort of reference to validate it.

I have to give KCL authority to access my results so results will not be flawed.
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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:00 - Sep 16 with 559 viewsDanTheMan

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:52 - Sep 16 by Pinewoodblue

1) I have COVID symptoms but so do most people with a common cold. The research is to try and better identify symptoms. Had I not volunteered I wouldn’t have considered trying to get test.

2) will copy extracts from email I received.


“As you know, we have developed a software test (an algorithm) to predict COVID-19. To validate this, King's College London are now running the clinical study that you joined, and the Department of Health and Social Care has agreed to give you access to a COVID-19 test. This testing process is run by the Department of Health, and no data will come to us until you choose to share it.”

“ You will be asked to confirm you are an essential worker as part of the booking process. We have agreed with DHSC that you can access testing for the purposes of this research, so please select ‘I have coronavirus symptoms (I'm an essential worker)’ when you reach the relevant screen. Please, indicate in the next screen whether or not you have one of the coronavirus symptoms listed in there”

You would have thought that as part of the online booking process you would be required to confirm involvement in the test and be required to enter some sort of reference to validate it.

I have to give KCL authority to access my results so results will not be flawed.
[Post edited 16 Sep 9:54]


"You would have thought that as part of the online booking process you would be required to confirm involvement in the test and be required to enter some sort of reference to validate it."

Whilst this is a good idea, they'd actually need to develop a system to do that, and would also no doubt require some external validation that the reference they are putting in is correct. So whilst on the face of it it seems simple, the reality is that's actually a decent amount of work.

Given they can't even get it working as it is, I imagine their focus on fixing it first. This was probably just a workaround suggested by the Government.

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:06 - Sep 16 with 550 viewsHarry_Palmer

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:52 - Sep 16 by Pinewoodblue

1) I have COVID symptoms but so do most people with a common cold. The research is to try and better identify symptoms. Had I not volunteered I wouldn’t have considered trying to get test.

2) will copy extracts from email I received.


“As you know, we have developed a software test (an algorithm) to predict COVID-19. To validate this, King's College London are now running the clinical study that you joined, and the Department of Health and Social Care has agreed to give you access to a COVID-19 test. This testing process is run by the Department of Health, and no data will come to us until you choose to share it.”

“ You will be asked to confirm you are an essential worker as part of the booking process. We have agreed with DHSC that you can access testing for the purposes of this research, so please select ‘I have coronavirus symptoms (I'm an essential worker)’ when you reach the relevant screen. Please, indicate in the next screen whether or not you have one of the coronavirus symptoms listed in there”

You would have thought that as part of the online booking process you would be required to confirm involvement in the test and be required to enter some sort of reference to validate it.

I have to give KCL authority to access my results so results will not be flawed.
[Post edited 16 Sep 9:54]


Kings College London, well if Prof Neil Ferguson has anything to do with it then say no more. He seems to specialise in creating misleading data.

As for the symptoms, yes there is crossover but there are also some key differences.

Fever, continuous dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell are all Covid symptoms but are not often seen with a common cold.

A runny nose and sneezing are common cold symptoms but are rarely if ever seen with Covid. There is a useful chart on the below link.

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1237402/coronavirus-symptoms-list-co
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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:08 - Sep 16 with 539 viewsSwansea_Blue

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:06 - Sep 16 by Harry_Palmer

Kings College London, well if Prof Neil Ferguson has anything to do with it then say no more. He seems to specialise in creating misleading data.

As for the symptoms, yes there is crossover but there are also some key differences.

Fever, continuous dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell are all Covid symptoms but are not often seen with a common cold.

A runny nose and sneezing are common cold symptoms but are rarely if ever seen with Covid. There is a useful chart on the below link.

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1237402/coronavirus-symptoms-list-co


I suspect KCL are aware of the symptoms.

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:13 - Sep 16 with 532 viewsHarry_Palmer

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:08 - Sep 16 by Swansea_Blue

I suspect KCL are aware of the symptoms.


You would like to think so but if they are asking people with cold symptoms to get a test then perhaps not.
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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:22 - Sep 16 with 505 viewsSwansea_Blue

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:13 - Sep 16 by Harry_Palmer

You would like to think so but if they are asking people with cold symptoms to get a test then perhaps not.


You'd need an understanding of what their survey aims and design are before making such claims.

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:26 - Sep 16 with 497 viewsPinewoodblue

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:00 - Sep 16 by DanTheMan

"You would have thought that as part of the online booking process you would be required to confirm involvement in the test and be required to enter some sort of reference to validate it."

Whilst this is a good idea, they'd actually need to develop a system to do that, and would also no doubt require some external validation that the reference they are putting in is correct. So whilst on the face of it it seems simple, the reality is that's actually a decent amount of work.

Given they can't even get it working as it is, I imagine their focus on fixing it first. This was probably just a workaround suggested by the Government.


Thanks for the explanation Dan.

It is currently not recognizing any post code so effectively not working at all. I was earlier offered a test at a mobile testing unit in Eye but rejected it.

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:30 - Sep 16 with 492 viewsSitfcB

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 09:05 - Sep 16 by GeoffSentence

Assuming that you are in Pinewood, then you will not only be within coughing distance of your closest test site but actually within the same parish.

And they still couldn't find a test centre.

Unbelievable Jeff.


Doesn’t help that they’ve reduced the size of it and started running park and Ride buses again that are going around empty.... 🤪

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:32 - Sep 16 with 489 viewsitfcpaul

I am an essential worker and have tried getting a test as my daughter has symptoms and even up here in the cold North the website says that it is very busy and to try again in a few hours!!!!!!!!

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:33 - Sep 16 with 482 viewsHarry_Palmer

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:22 - Sep 16 by Swansea_Blue

You'd need an understanding of what their survey aims and design are before making such claims.


Yeah fair point. Slightly concerning that they are asking the OP to lie about his age and occupation though in order to get a test.
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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:34 - Sep 16 with 480 viewsPinewoodblue

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:32 - Sep 16 by itfcpaul

I am an essential worker and have tried getting a test as my daughter has symptoms and even up here in the cold North the website says that it is very busy and to try again in a few hours!!!!!!!!


I got past that point second attempt but there are further stumbling blocks.

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:51 - Sep 16 with 459 viewsitfcpaul

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:34 - Sep 16 by Pinewoodblue

I got past that point second attempt but there are further stumbling blocks.


Got to the next section and was offered a drive through test in Uttoxeter a mere 68 miles away!!!

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 11:04 - Sep 16 with 438 viewsPinewoodblue

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:51 - Sep 16 by itfcpaul

Got to the next section and was offered a drive through test in Uttoxeter a mere 68 miles away!!!


Hancock said in HoC yesterday the average distance travelled for a test was under 6 miles.

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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 11:08 - Sep 16 with 426 viewsitfcpaul

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 11:04 - Sep 16 by Pinewoodblue

Hancock said in HoC yesterday the average distance travelled for a test was under 6 miles.


I suppose it depends how good your math's are to make that statement, interpretation of "average" and "6" seem quite simplybut who knows, but then again this comes from someone who just can't tell how many tested there have been, are sending people all over the country to get a test to keep the numbers down and of course don't forget the "world beating track and trace system by the end of June" that isn't even ready yet plus the "oven ready" Brexit deal that was an amazing deal for the country that suddenly isn't
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I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 12:07 - Sep 16 with 349 viewsGeoffSentence

I’ve been asked to a COVID test on 10:51 - Sep 16 by itfcpaul

Got to the next section and was offered a drive through test in Uttoxeter a mere 68 miles away!!!


Dont you mean 168 miles away?

Edit: Sorry I thought it was Piney who had been offered a test in Uttoxter, you may ignore me.
[Post edited 16 Sep 12:08]

In the 38 games in which ALB played in goal for us, we averaged 1.53 points per game which, had they been over the course of a single season, would have seen us challenging for the play offs. This at a time when we were otherwise struggling against relegation. Oh, and didn't Mick Mills have terrific posture.
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