/ATP CAT Frequently Asked Questions
ATP CAT Frequently Asked Questions 2020-10-19T08:28:23+00:00
1. What is ATP CAT? 2020-10-19T08:24:28+00:00

ATP’s COVID-19 Antibody Testing study is one of four studies that tests for COVID-19 antibodies within adult Albertans.

2. Will I receive the results of my antibody test? 2020-11-23T08:49:39+00:00

Yes, you will receive your antibody test results by phone or by mail. More information will be provided with your tests results.  It may take up to one month for you to receive your results.

Please note: An antibody test cannot tell whether you’re currently infected with the COVID-19 virus because it can take up to three weeks after an infection for your body to create antibodies.

3. Why is ATP conducting an antibody study? 2021-02-05T10:51:27+00:00

Alberta Health has tasked us with conducting a provincial COVID-19 antibody testing study that tests for COVID-19 antibodies within adult Albertans. The study, also known as serology testing, determines if you’ve had a past infection of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

4. Can the antibody test check whether I have a COVID-19 variant? 2021-03-04T09:59:19+00:00

Our current antibody tests are testing for antibodies from COVID-19 and its variants but will not be able to distinguish between them.

5. I got the vaccine – why is my serology test negative? 2021-03-04T09:55:26+00:00

The human body produces different types of antibodies, including antibodies in response to a vaccine. Our current screening test only detects antibodies produced in response to a past COVID-19 infection, not those produced in response to a vaccine.

6. If I receive the COVID-19 vaccine, do I have to withdraw from the COVID-19 antibody testing (CAT) study? 2021-03-04T09:55:45+00:00

No, you do not have to withdraw if you receive a vaccine, and we hope you choose to continue with the study – your data and samples are very valuable!  If you do receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please ensure to answer the vaccine questions on your Pre-Appointment survey.  As the circumstances of COVID-19 in Alberta evolves, we are updating the characteristics of our study as required.

7. Why do I need to come in 4 times in the year? 2021-03-04T09:56:10+00:00

The study results will be most accurate if the same participants provide blood samples over a period of time, so we encourage you to complete all four appointments. Coming in for a blood draw four times over a year will allow us to spot and track the length of time COVID-19 antibodies may appear in your blood.

8. I tested positive for COVID-19 with the nasal swab test. Should I still undergo serology testing if I already know I had COVID-19? 2021-03-04T09:56:28+00:00

Yes. The purpose of this study is not to check for a current COVID-19 infection, but instead to determine the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in blood, and to track the length of time these COVID-19 antibodies remain in your blood.

9. What does it mean if I test positive for antibodies? What should I do next? 2021-03-04T09:56:42+00:00

It is important to know that results for the antibody test do not diagnose a current infection with the COVID-19 virus. Only a swab test can confirm whether you have an active COVID-19 infection, and you are encouraged to continue following public health guidelines to reduce risk of COVID-19 infection. If you are showing any symptoms, please call HealthLink by dialling 811.

10. I thought your study was focused on cancer. Why are you doing this serology study? 2021-03-04T09:57:00+00:00

One of the blood samples we receive from this study will also be banked in our ATP biobank for future research into cancer and chronic disease. Just like we ask for updates on your health conditions and lifestyle behaviours over time on our surveys, collecting blood samples taken over various time points allow researchers to look for biological changes and better understand changes over time and individual risk.

11. I’m a participant but I’m not sure if my information is up to date. What should I do? 2021-03-04T09:57:10+00:00

Get in touch with us! You can contact us by calling toll-free 1-877-919-9292. If you’re outside Canada, please call collect to 1-403-955-4617, or send us an email at tomorrow@albertahealthservices.ca. We will be happy to check your file to make sure we have everything we need.

12. If I move, can I still participate in the study? 2021-03-04T09:57:23+00:00

In order to participate in our antibody testing study, you need to currently reside in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge or Red Deer, or the surrounding areas, and be invited by email. If you have moved outside these areas, you are not eligible to participate at this time. However, we want to keep you in Alberta’s Tomorrow Project even if you move to another province, or to another country.

To change your name, address or phone numbers please contact us by calling toll-free within Canada at 1-877-919-9292. From outside Canada, please call collect 1-403-955-4617, or email us at tomorrow@albertahealthservices.ca.

13. When will you contact me for more information? 2021-03-04T09:57:35+00:00

If your file is up to date, we will not need to contact you until our next survey. If you are unsure whether your file is up to date, please get in touch with us, via email, mail, or phone. We will contact you when our next questionnaire is ready, in the meantime, we are busy preparing our vast database for analysis by researchers inside Alberta’s Tomorrow Project, and by those associated with research and academic institutions across Alberta and beyond.