Kroger to Offer Rapid COVID Antibody Testing
By the end of November, all Kroger Pharmacies around the country are on target to start what they're calling rapid COVID-19 antibody testing. Testing is already available at some Michigan Kroger locations.
According to WDIV, the tests, conducted using a finger-prick blood sample, will cost $25 and typically yield results within 15 minutes.
So if you think at some point you may have had COVID-19 and you aren't experiencing any of the symptoms, you could get tested to find out if you possibly had it. Personally, I don't think I ever had COVID-19 but it would be interesting to at least find out if I have the antibodies.
Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health:
Making rapid antibody testing available across our family of pharmacies will not only provide an affordable and convenient testing solution for individuals who want to understand if they have previously been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 but also help clinicians understand the long-term impacts of COVID-19 and potential public health strategies for fighting the disease.
You can get an antibody test at most health care providers but this is a faster and more convenient way to get it done.
According to the Kroger Health website:
Research is still underway to determine how long antibodies are present following infection and if the presence of antibodies provides protective immunity. Regardless of the testing result, all patients should continue to practice FDA-recommended safety guidelines, including social distancing and wearing masks.