Thank you for your interest in Northwestern University's research project on community-based testing for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies called Screening for Coronavirus Antibodies in Neighborhoods (SCAN).

The current purpose of the SCAN Study is to find out how many people in specific areas have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (also called coronavirus) that causes the disease known as COVID-19. People who are exposed typically develop antibodies to the virus, but it is not known if antibodies protect against re-infection with this virus. In the future, the researchers may expand the SCAN Study to also help learn what type of antibodies protect people against re-infection.

If you are interested in joining the SCAN Study, please answer a few questions on the next page to find out if you are eligible. Your responses are voluntary and confidential.

If you are eligible and agree to participate, you will:

  • Complete a short online survey to tell us about yourself and your experiences with COVID-19.
  • Receive a test kit with instructions and materials for you to prick your finger and place drops of blood on a paper card.
  • Mail your dried blood sample to our lab for testing.
  • Receive your test results online 2 - 4 weeks after our lab receives your dried blood sample.
We will test the blood spots you provide us to see if you have COVID-19 antibodies, how long the antibodies last, and if the antibodies can protect you against re-infection. We will store leftover blood spots. We may use them in future research at Northwestern or other places unless you withdraw from the study. We will use your survey responses to learn if certain communities are more likely to have antibodies. Your data may help us learn what protects people or puts them more at risk for COVID-19. The law requires us to report positive cases to local health departments. Our reports will include your name, date of birth, and address as well as the test results.
Staff who work with data, mail test kits, or get in touch with you about SCAN can see your identifiable information. This includes your name, birth date, and address. We may share your data and blood samples with other researchers to support science and health. We will remove identifiable information before we share. This keeps researchers from identifying you. We will delete our records of your identifiable information for good if you ask to be removed from SCAN or five years from when you consent.
Please click "Next Page" to answer our eligibility questions.
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