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This Grocery Store Is Now Offering COVID Antibody Testing

Results can be ready in as little as 15 minutes.
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues into another month, it's important to keep your health top of mind. Thankfully, one grocery store is helping arm you with the information you need. You can soon walk into any Kroger pharmacy in two states and receive a COVID-19 rapid antibody test. It only costs $25, and results are ready within 15 minutes.

The test being rolled out alerts patients if they've been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 before. A licensed health professional uses a finger prick blood sample and a device configured like a blood sugar test. Beginning in pharmacies at Ralphs in California and Kroger in Michigan in November, the grocery store chain will become the first U.S. retailer to offer rapid antibody testing to customers. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

"Making rapid antibody testing available across our family of pharmacies will not only provide an affordable and convenient testing solution for individuals who want to understand if they have previously been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 but also help clinicians understand the long-term impacts of COVID-19 and potential public health strategies for fighting the disease," Colleen Lindholz, the president of Kroger Health, said in a statement.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the rapid antibody test in September for point-of-care use after it was earlier authorized in July for emergency use. Because the test can't identify if you're currently infected, you're only eligible to take it if you believe you might have been infected in the past. So if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or may have recently exposed to the virus that causes it, this test is not the right one for you.

Luckily, there are several places that are delivering self-administered COIVD-19 tests right to your doorstep. Both Costco and Albertsons are selling the tests, and Walmart is even delivering them via drone to some areas of the country.

Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more