The Upper Gwynedd Township Family is having a friendly competition to see who can have the most blood donations made on their behalf at the first ever "Badges vs. the Public Red Cross Blood Drive".
A new and very timely feature of this blood drive will include COVID-19 antibody testing.
Register here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Upper%20Gwynedd%20Battle Hurry, appointments are required and filling fast.
Discover Your Antibody Test Status When You Give Blood For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. This testing may provide critical insight into whether donors may have been previously exposed to this Coronavirus.
What is the Antibody Test? An antibody test screens for antibodies in your blood, which are formed when fighting an infection, like COVID-19. An antibody test assesses whether your immune system has responded to the infection, not if the virus is currently present. The COVID-19 antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the Coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Please note the Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, including COVID-19. If you feel unwell for any reason, please postpone your donation. Individuals who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should not present to donate until they are symptom free for 14 days and feeling well and healthy.
What Do Your Results Mean? The Red Cross tests every blood donation for a variety of illnesses. Adding this antibody test is the latest part of our longtime commitment to health. If you donate blood, platelets or plasma on or after June 15, 2020 your donation will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Blood, platelet and plasma donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies using samples obtained at the time of donation and sent to a laboratory where samples will undergo routine screening and infectious disease testing. Donors who have been tested for COVID-19 antibodies will see one of the following results: POSITIVE: Result indicates that an individual may have had previous exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 and their body has developed specific antibodies to the virus. NEGATIVE: Result most likely means that the individual has not been exposed to COVID-19 and therefore has not developed antibodies to the virus. NOT AVAILABLE: Result means that your test result is not yet available or your donation was not tested. If you are antibody positive you may be eligible to take part in our convalescent plasma donation program. Whatever your antibody testing results, your single blood donation is critical to saving lives.