UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources are conducting the study to better understand how common COVID-19 is in Dallas and Tarrant counties. Results of the study will help guide decisions being made in our communities to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are frequently asked questions about the DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study.
If you have questions that are not related to this study, please see additional COVID-19 information on our website. UT Southwestern is actively responding to the spread of COVID-19, and our infectious disease physicians are leading efforts to keep patients informed, educated, and safe.
Yes. The testing staff is trained and wears masks and gloves for everyone’s protection. Testing sites also use social distancing to keep everybody safe.
COVID-19 testing through the DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study includes two tests:
- A COVID-19 nose swab for active infection (also called a PCR test). Trained medical staff will show you how to swab your nose to get a sample.
- A COVID-19 antibody blood test to see if you’ve ever been infected. Trained medical staff will collect a small amount of blood from your arm.
Yes. If you are selected for COVID-19 testing, you must complete both tests to receive your $20 gift card.
The visit at the testing site takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
A number of testing locations are available throughout Dallas and Tarrant counties. You will receive a list of locations once you complete the survey.
Yes. If you tested negative before, you could have been exposed to COVID-19 since that time. If you tested positive, the blood test can tell how many antibodies you have against the virus.
Yes. You still could have had, or been exposed to, COVID-19 without any symptoms.
If your testing results show that you have COVID-19, a member of the study team will call you within two days of the test date. Otherwise, results of both tests will be mailed to you within one to two weeks.
When you get your COVID-19 test results in the mail, you will receive a code to activate a $20 gift card. If you did not get the COVID-19 testing, but you completed the 10-minute survey and were the 50th person to submit it, we will contact you for your $20 gift card.
If your testing results show that you have COVID-19, a member of the study team will call you within two days of your test date to discuss next steps.
Our goal is to make sure our study results represent the diverse communities in Dallas and Tarrant counties, so we have to reserve some testing spots to make sure all communities are included. If you were not selected for COVID-19 testing, you can still help by answering a 10-minute survey about your experiences during the pandemic. Also, we will provide information about other locations in DFW where COVID-19 testing is available.
Your participation, answers, and testing results will be kept private. They will only be shared with the study’s scientists. Your name will not be listed in any study reports, which will sum up the findings of all who volunteered for the study. We will share the reports with you and community leaders via this website.