Thousands Of North Texas Teachers Asked To Take COVID-19 Antibody Tests – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Thousands of ISD teachers in Fort Worth received an email Thursday from UT-Southwestern Medical Center asking them to take part in a COVID-19 prevalence study.
Those who sign up will be tested for the active virus and given a COVID-19 antibody blood test.
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The antibody test will show if they have ever had the virus, even if they never had any symptoms.
Fort Worth ISD teachers are not required to attend.
UT-Southwestern is hoping to test 14,000 teachers along with an additional 30,000 people in Dallas and Tarrant counties to better understand who has COVID-19 and how it is spreading in north Texas.
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“Teachers are a particularly interesting population,” said Dr. Amit Singal. “We saw a lot of fear from the parents. We have seen major concerns from school administrators about the safety of our children and the safety of our teachers. “
The researchers said local data would help policymakers make more informed decisions about how to reduce and contain the spread of the virus.
“Texas dates are the only dates that apply to Texas,” Singal said. “We can’t use data from New York. We cannot use California data and apply it to our communities. “
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If you are interested in participating, you can register here and find more information.