The SCAN study has ended as of July 31, 2022. Learn more about the history and accomplishments of the study here.

FAQ

These FAQs provide information about the SCAN study and our researchers' role in supporting public health’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The last day to request a test kit was Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Having accomplished our goals to fill a gap in COVID-19 testing and to inform the public health response, the study is ending active recruitment of new participants on July 31, 2022.

The Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) was a group of medical, public health, and research organizations working together to help address the spread of COVID-19 in the greater Seattle region. The goal of SCAN was to understand the outbreak more completely and, along with other data sources, inform public health decisions.

The SCAN study collected at-home self-administered nasal swabs from people across Seattle and King County who were feeling sick (symptomatic), as well as a small number of people with no symptoms (asymptomatic). By providing at-home delivery and pick up of the nasal kits, individuals were able to perform the test from their homes, thus reducing exposure to the general public.

Having accomplished these goals, SCAN is ending active recruitment on July 31, 2022.

Our efforts will continue to find new ways to protect the population from respiratory diseases like COVID-19. Learn more about the new Seattle Flu Alliance; you may be eligible to participate in a study with the Seattle Flu Alliance, including studies about COVID-19.

No. The last day to request a test kit from SCAN was Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

You may be eligible to participate in a study with the Seattle Flu Alliance, including studies about COVID-19. Visit their website for more information.

If you requested a test kit prior to July 27, 2022, please read the following.

You can find out if your results are positive or negative on our secure results portal. You can also visit seattleflu.org and click “Results” in the menu bar.

If we did not find the novel coronavirus, it could mean you do not have the virus, you have the virus but it was not in the swab you sent, or our test did not find it.

If your sample tests positive for coronavirus, you will be notified by a healthcare member of our research team. Your results will also be available in more detail on our secure results portal. As a reminder, SCAN is a virus tracking system—not a test for diagnosing individuals—so we can’t guarantee when you will receive results.

If you test positive, we will do our best to notify you and connect you with information and resources to help you recover and protect your friends, family, and community. However, participation is not a replacement for medical care. Those who do not feel well or suspect they might have COVID-19 should stay home, contact their healthcare provider, and follow public health guidance.

If you are severely ill, including fever or shortness of breath, or are in need of medical advice, call a doctor or other healthcare provider immediately.

If you think you have coronavirus or have been exposed to coronavirus, stay home, contact your healthcare provider, and follow public health guidance.

Please check the latest public health recommendations to monitor your health and avoid spreading the disease to others if you get sick. You can find information at Public Health – Seattle & King County Coronavirus Hub, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 Page, the Washington State Department of Health Coronavirus Hub, the CDC Coronavirus Hub, and/or the WHO Coronavirus Hub.

If you requested a test kit prior to July 27, 2022, please read the following.

It is completely free to participate in the SCAN study. You do not need to have health insurance in order to be tested. Participating in SCAN’s research will not affect your health insurance and all the information we collect will be confidential. SCAN is not part of your medical care, and will not be shared with your healthcare providers or insurance companies unless you choose to share information with a provider on your own.

If you requested a test kit prior to July 27, 2022, please read the following.

Your privacy is extremely important to us! Only the research team will have access to the information that you provide. No data directly linked to you will ever be made publicly available. To protect access to your results, you will be given a personal barcode.

All study information will be stored in a secure, confidential manner. We will also store aggregated information separately from your personal information in order to understand trends in how coronavirus is spreading.

Washington State law also requires that we report certain conditions (including COVID-19) to Local Health Jurisdictions and the Department of Health. If your sample tests positive for one of these conditions, these organizations may contact you to ask you additional questions. They will keep your information private.