How to receive COVID-19 blood tests in U.S.


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CGTN’s Sean Callebs and his cameraman Dan Criswell traveled through nine states over the last couple of weeks to cover the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week they visited hospitals in New Orleans, East Jefferson, and Omega.

They were in rooms with critically ill patients. And Dan was also given access to film a man on a ventilator in the ICU.

The research area that they were profiling, recommended they get tested for COVID-19, since they would be in close proximity to their staff, and others.

They were given one of four tests that have been approved for emergency use by the FDA. Within 10 minutes, the test results came back negative.

They were willing to donate blood if the test results showed that they were at one time positive and now negative.

U.S. authorities say over 4 million Americans have been tested for COVID-19.

Earlier this month, the FDA approved the first anti-body test help fight the virus. Studies show that patients can benefit from blood donations of the recovered.