Is this a legitimate survey?
Yes. This research survey, which is being conducted in collaboration with the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will help the American Red Cross understand donor health and the donor experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is hosted on the Survey Monkey platform and arrives to donor email with the subject line “American Red Cross follow-up survey on COVID-19.” Email replies to the survey invitation will go to Bryan Spencer, research scientist in Scientific Affairs.
Does getting a survey mean my last donation was tested for antibodies to COVID-19?
No. Eligibility for the current survey is not based on a recent donation visit or a recent COVID-19 antibody test. Donors who were previously invited to our COVID-19 survey (for donations between 6/15/20 and 12/31/21) are eligible for the new survey regardless of the timing of their latest donation.
I didn’t have COVID-19, am I eligible for the survey?
Yes. The survey includes questions that apply to donors regardless of whether they had COVID-19. A donor who reports that they didn’t have COVID-19 infection will not be shown the questions on acute COVID symptoms, etc. The survey includes questions for all donors about persistent symptoms that could be related to COVID or to other causes.
Does answering the survey mean my information is sent to the CDC?
No, your identifying information is not sent to CDC. For those who complete the survey, CDC would receive a data file including survey responses as well as donor sex and age, but they would not know who the donor is, where they live, or any other identifiable information.