Texas CARES provides free COVID-19 antibody tests

Jackson Cutler

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HOUSTON, TEXAS — The Texas Coronavirus Antibody Response Survey or Texas CARES is a survey conducted to help better understand the human antibody response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The survey participants will help to measure things like how many people in the survey have COVID-19 antibodies and how long those antibodies last.

They will use two serology tests or known as antibody tests, to identify what percent of the Texas population has antibodies in their blood.

Then the outcome will show the results that help understand what things could contribute to people's differences in COVID-19 symptoms and diagnosis.

The data collection and analysis are already distilled into an easy-to-read format and simple to understand. View more information about the data, including considerations for its limitations, at https://sph.uth.edu/projects/texascares/dashboard.

Several goals of the survey are focusing on:

  • Estimate how many people in Texas have been infected with SARS-CoV-2.
  • Estimate how many people have been vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2 and develop antibodies.
  • How long COVID-19 antibodies last in someone's system.
  • Identify the characteristics of people who develop COVID-19 antibodies.
  • Identify the characteristics of people who never develop COVID-19 antibodies

By participating in this survey, you are helping Texas in the effort to combat COVID-19 at a local, state, and national level.

If you sign up to be a part of Texas CARES, you will receive three free antibody tests.

Essentially, volunteers can help in three ways:

  • Complete the 1st draw
  • Help understand how antibodies respond over time and complete the 2nd and 3rd draw
  • Make a plan, bring a friend & follow, like and share on social media

Texas CARE is also working with local labs across Texas to make it easier for you to enroll and complete your test. After each test, you will receive your results in a confidential and timely manner. You will also be asked to complete three brief online surveys over time about your health, household, and community.

To learn more about the survey, check out their list of frequently asked questions at https://sph.uth.edu/projects/texascares/faq.

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