- A national blood bank is offering blood donors free coronavirus antibody testing.
- The test will inform donors if they were exposed to the coronavirus at some point, even if they never showed any symptoms.
- Blood with coronavirus antibodies is being used for research to help come up with an effective COVID-19 treatment.
In an effort to encourage volunteers to donate blood, Vitalant — a non-profit organization that helps distributes blood to hospitals — said that it will start informing blood donors if they have coronavirus antibodies. The antibody test Vitalant is using has already been approved by the FDA and will help individuals determine if they were exposed to the coronavirus, regardless of whether or not they ever exhibited symptoms.
The impetus for the program is that blood for various surgeries and medical treatment plans is in short supply because blood drives have effectively been on hiatus on account of COVID-19.
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