Antibody, Viral Tests Available for Free to Participants in Ongoing COVID Study
WakeMed, Vidant, New Hanover among health systems participating in COVID study launched earlier this year by Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium
Many new enrollees will receive antibody, viral tests for free as part of their participation
Raleigh, N.C. — Multiple health systems across the state have joined the COVID surveillance study launched by Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health earlier this year.
WakeMed, Vidant Health, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and Campbell University are among the hospital systems participating in the study.
Each system has launched a study participant recruitment drive in their respective areas. Participants fill out a short symptom questionnaire each day. Many participants receive periodic at-home antibody test kits and viral test kits, which is how the study tracks infections and immunity and correlates symptom data.
Because Congress has not changed its Dec. 30 CARES Act funding deadline, study organizers plan to send out a large number of test kits to participants in the coming weeks. Many participants will receive multiple test kits and will be instructed to complete one kit every few weeks to allow the study to continue collecting data into next year.
People can enroll in the study by using the following links. Most participants do not need to be active patients in any of the health systems to join.