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I took a Covid-19 antibody test - here's what it could mean for my travels

Pól Ó Conghaile


With Covid-19 screening measures likely to dominate future travel, how useful are antibody tests, and what's it like to take one?

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Pól having a blood sample taken at the Tropical Medical Bureau. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Pól having a blood sample taken at the Tropical Medical Bureau. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Pól having a blood sample taken at the Tropical Medical Bureau. Photo: Steve Humphreys

I was nervous. My trip to the Tropical Medical Bureau (TMB) was the most exotic one I'd taken in 10 weeks.

I had my supermarket and exercise routines down, but visiting a clinic for an €80 antibody test? With Covid-19 screening measures likely to dominate future travel, however, I felt it was worth stepping out of my comfort zone.

Arriving at the clinic, I was asked to use hand sanitiser and don a free face mask. In a consultation, Dr Graham Fry outlined the procedure.


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