American Red Cross offering limited time COVID-19 antibody testing

American Red Cross offering limited time COVID-19 antibody testing
The American Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies for a limited time. (Source: WALB)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

The test will screen antibodies — which are formed during an infection — and determine whether a donor’s immune system has responded to a COVID-19 infection. The test will not determine if a donor currently has the virus.

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, such as COVID-19. If you feel unwell, they ask that you postpone your donation. Individuals who may have COVID-19 should not donate until they are symptom free for 28 days and feeling well and healthy.

You can make an appointment and find a nearby blood drive at this link.

The antibody test results are available on the Blood Donor App or online about 7-10 days after a donation is made.

Eligible individuals can give blood donations every 56 days. The Red Cross encourages individuals to make an appointment for when they are next eligible to receive a COVID-19 antibody test.

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