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By LuAnn Schindler

Red Cross tests for coronavirus antibodies


When the Red Cross visits Clearwater, July 14, for a blood drive, the organization will offer testing for COVID-19 antibodies.

The organization began testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations, June 15.

According to a Red Cross news release, the antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may indicate if the donor's immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed symptoms.

"A positive antibody test does not confirm infection or immunity."

Test results will be available within seven to 10 days from the day of the donation.

According to the Red Cross' website, individuals who are antibody positive may be eligible to take part in the organization's convalescent plasma donation program.

Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Biomedical Services said, "As a humanitarian organization and member of the broader health community, the Red Cross has adapted our services to help meet the needs of this extraordinary time."

There is a critical need for blood donations.

To schedule an appointment, visit or use the organization's donor app.


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