COVID-19 Study

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.

Why is this study being conducted?

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.

Is COVID-19 testing 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.

What does COVID-19 testing include?

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.
Do I have to do both the nose swab and give blood?

Yes. If you are selected for COVID-19 testing, you must complete both tests to receive your $20 gift card.

How long does COVID-19 testing take?

The visit at the testing site takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

Where are the testing locations?

A number of testing locations are available throughout Dallas and Tarrant counties. You will receive a list of locations once you complete the survey.

If I have already had COVID-19 testing, should I still participate?

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.

If I have no symptoms of COVID-19, should I still participate?

Yes. You still could have had, or been exposed to, COVID-19 without any symptoms.

When will I get my testing results?

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.

How do I get my $20 gift card?

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.

What happens if my results show I have COVID-19?

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.

Why are some people selected for the survey and are not invited for COVID testing?

A key study goal is to ensure participants represent the diverse populations in DFW.  Thank you to all who have volunteered!  When we reach testing recruitment goals for specific demographic groups, people will still invited to answer the survey and share their perspective and experiences during the pandemic. Survey answers will help guide education and resources.

Will my results be shared?

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.