The study will contact 20,000 households across England help to understand levels of immunity and hopes to reach up to 300,000 people in the next 12 months.
Participants in the study will form a representative sample of the entire UK population by age and geography. The results will help scientists and the government in the ongoing response to the coronavirus outbreak, with initial findings expected to be available in early May.
Professor Sarah Walker (Nuffield Department of Medicine) said, ‘This is one of the largest and most important studies underway into the COVID-19 virus and will transform our understanding of the infection. The University of Oxford is delighted to be the study sponsor.’