Selected members of the public have the chance to be part of a UK-wide clinical study that is looking to find effective early treatments for COVID-19.
Called PANORAMIC, it is being run by researchers at the University of Oxford and funded by the National Institute for Health Research. It aims to find antiviral treatments that reduce hospital admission and speed up recovery for people with COVID-19 who are at home and in the early stages of infection.
PANORAMIC will involve pharmacies, GP practices, NHS 111, Test and Trace, care homes and other NHS and social care service providers. They will identify potential participants, invite them to take part and support their involvement. . People can participate from home and no face-to-face visits are required.
Follow-up will be by answering questions each day online and/or telephone calls with the study team, who will offer support throughout.
Participants will need to have had a positive COVID-19 test result and be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms which started within the last five days. All participants should have recorded a positive PCR test within the past seven days.
They also need to be aged 50 years and over, or 18 years and over with an underlying health condition, such as asthma.
Participants will receive either an anti-viral treatment plus the current standard care, or the current standard of care without the new antiviral treatment.
Each group will contain about 5,300 people – so up to 10,600 volunteers in all will be needed for testing.
Volunteers can also sign up independently at the PANORAMIC website at