A COVID-19 antibody (or serology) test checks to see if a person had a COVID-19 infection in the past. Those past infections include those that may have been missed because the person had no or mild symptoms or the person was ill but did not have a nasal swab test for the virus. The viral test (nasal swab) only identifies current COVID-19 infections.
Yes, participants must reside in Virginia and be 18 years of age or older. In addition, enrollment will be limited to pre-specified quotas by age and race/ethnicity to be representative of the population residing in each region. Once a specific quota is full, no one categorized in that category will be enrolled. Enrollment is also limited to just one person per household.
Participant enrollment will occur during June and July 2020. The project’s preliminary findings will be released no later than July 31, 2020.
No, this is a public health surveillance activity that is conducted, supported, and requested by the Virginia Department of Health. As such, according to 45 CFR § 46.102, this project is considered a public health surveillance activity and not research.
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