The Centre County COVID-19 Data 4 Action Research Project (Data 4 Action) is studying the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Centre County. Penn State students will be invited to participate in this research by clicking on an invitation link in their Penn State email or scanning a QR code.
After a short eligibility survey, students will schedule an appointment to visit the Clinical Research Center on campus and provide a small amount of blood (about 2 tablespoons), a saliva sample, and a hair sample. The samples will be tested for the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. Antibodies detected in the samples indicate that the participant is likely to have been exposed to SARS-COV-2 in the past.
After completing testing and a 20-minute survey, students will be reimbursed $20. In addition, students will receive their antibody results within two weeks. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in additional testing during the Spring semester. All individual student data will be kept completely confidential.