Fred Meyer now offering rapid antibody testing for COVID-19
SEATTLE, Wash. – You can now get a rapid antibody test at Fred Meyer Pharmacies in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.
Experts say the test only takes 15 minutes to confirm if someone previously contracted COVID-19.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Fred Meyer and QFC pharmacy’s to offer the test, which uses a finger-prick blood sample.
The tests, supplied by Whitmire Medical, cost $25 and are intended for people who believe they may have previously been infected with COVID-19 and are not currently experiencing symptoms.
It’s important to understand, research is still underway to determine how long antibodies are present following infection, and if the presence of antibodies provides ongoing protective immunity.
The rapid test is not be used to diagnose an active infection, as the test only detects antibodies developed in response to the virus, not the virus itself.
Fred Meyer’s parent company, Kroger, is the first retailer to offer the test to its customers.