FOI Reference: FOI/2021/3051

You asked

I would like to be shown evidence that;

Q1. Proof that COVID-19 has been isolated in a laboratory?

Q2. Proof that COVID-19 has been isolated and taken from a pure sample from an infected being with COVID-19?

Q3. Proof that COVID-19 has been found in a diseased human, and not found in healthy humans?

Q4. Proof that COVID-19 has been extracted and isolated from an infected human?

Q5. Proof that COVID-19 will cause disease when introduced to a healthy human?

We said

Thank you for your request.

The COVID-19 Infection Survey is a household survey that estimates the number of people testing positive for infection and for antibodies in the UK. Our statistics refer to individuals in the community, by which we mean private households. These figures exclude infections reported in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings.

We do not hold any data on the isolation or extraction of the COVID-19 virus relating to any questions in your request. Your request may be better placed with the lighthouse lab at Glasgow or with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). They can be contacted via email at or via FOI email at

For further information and an overview of data about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from the ONS and other sources, please check our Latest Insights Tool.