1. SHIELD FAQ - What is the University of Illinois' role in the SHIELD program?
  2. SHIELD FAQ - If a patient wants to get more information about a positive test result from SHIELD, what should they do?
  3. SHIELD FAQ - Where are SHIELD laboratories located?
  4. SHIELD FAQ - What does SHIELD stand for?
  5. SHIELD FAQ - What other information is being shared with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)?
  6. SHIELD FAQ - Does SHIELD inform the patient if a positive is one of the variants?
  7. SHIELD FAQ - If a person is positive on covidSHIELD should they retest? Is there a possibility it could be a mistake?
  8. SHIELD FAQ - How will a group be notified of their test results?
  9. SHIELD FAQ - Can I take the covidSHIELD test at home?
  10. SHIELD FAQ - How does the covidSHIELD test work with contact tracing?
  11. SHIELD FAQ - How safe are the covidSHIELD testing facilities?
  12. SHIELD FAQ - Who can be tested?
  13. SHIELD FAQ - What does it mean to be operating under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?
  14. SHIELD FAQ - I have already had COVID-19, should I still get tested?
  15. SHIELD FAQ - Should you test after you are fully vaccinated?
  16. SHIELD FAQ - How often should we be testing?
  17. SHIELD FAQ - Who sees the patient's results?
  18. SHIELD FAQ - How accurately does covidSHIELD identify virus mutations?
  19. SHIELD FAQ - Are positive test results being shared with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)?
  20. SHIELD FAQ - What happens if someone tests positive after testing positive sixty days prior? Should they quarantine?
  21. SHIELD FAQ - What if a person tests positive, then negative, and then positive again? What should they do?
  22. SHIELD FAQ - What happens if a person tests positive with covidSHIELD and then gets a nasal PCR and tests negative? Which test should they trust?
  23. SHIELD FAQ - If I receive a positive test result from the covidSHIELD test, do I have to go and receive another test from another provider?
  24. SHIELD FAQ - How does the covidSHIELD test know if it is a variant or the regular strain?
  25. SHIELD FAQ - Are the covidSHIELD tests able to detect variants? And if so, which ones?
  26. SHIELD FAQ - Will the covidSHIELD test be able to show if someone has antibodies as well as the live virus?
  27. SHIELD FAQ - What day does the covidSHIELD test begin to pick up the virus after infection?
  28. SHIELD FAQ - Can the covidSHIELD test catch active infection before infectiousness?
  29. SHIELD FAQ - Children are known to have low viral loads, does the covidSHIELD test identify infections in children and adults with low viral loads?
  30. SHIELD FAQ - Why am I asked my demographic information, including my race and date of birth?
  31. SHIELD FAQ - What are the possible test results one could receive from the covidSHIELD test?
  32. SHIELD FAQ - What happens if someone, including a child, cannot produce an acceptable saliva specimen?
  33. SHIELD FAQ - When people drool, do the droplets stay in the air or do they disperse?
  34. SHIELD FAQ - Has there been any indication of virus spread at other collection sites?
  35. SHIELD FAQ - How much time should be spaced out between children testing in the same location?
  36. SHIELD FAQ - Is my DNA kept or analyzed as part of this test?
  37. SHIELD FAQ - How is the test specimen disposed of after testing?
  38. SHIELD FAQ - Are masks required in testing locations?
  39. SHIELD FAQ - Should individuals participating in sports get tested before sporting events?
  40. SHIELD FAQ - What is the difference between diagnostic testing and screening?
  41. SHIELD FAQ - What is considered outbreak testing?
  42. SHIELD FAQ - What day after infection do people usually start showing symptoms?
  43. SHIELD FAQ - When does an individual start shedding the virus after infection?
  44. SHIELD FAQ - The positivity rate is very low in my community, why would you need to continue to test if the rate is low?
  45. SHIELD FAQ - Why does testing frequently help?
  46. SHIELD FAQ - Where can I find validation data which outlines sensitivity and specificity?
  47. SHIELD FAQ - How reliable is the covidSHIELD test?
  48. SHIELD FAQ - Why is saliva collection better than nasal swabbing for testing and collecting?
  49. SHIELD FAQ - What information is required to be tested?
  50. SHIELD FAQ - How long will it take to receive results?
  51. SHIELD FAQ - Is there anything else I should do before taking the covidSHIELD test?
  52. SHIELD FAQ - What rules should I follow prior to being tested?
  53. SHIELD FAQ - Why should I not put anything in my mouth or ingest anything an hour before being tested?
  54. SHIELD FAQ - How much saliva does a person need to produce for a covidSHIELD test?
  55. SHIELD FAQ - Is everything HIPAA compliant?
  56. SHIELD FAQ - How long will it take me to go through the testing process?
  57. SHIELD FAQ - How does the testing process work?
  58. SHIELD FAQ - Are you testing for anything else? Drugs, alcohol, etc.?