What is the University of Illinois’ role in the SHIELD program?
SHIELD Illinois is a COVID-19screening testing program and infrastructure designed to help safely open schools, protect workplaces, and save lives. This specific test was designed by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers and was ...
How reliable are covidSHIELD test results?
In a recent study, the saliva test was shown to have a specificity of 98.9% and a sensitivity of 95.8%. The FDA-authorized covidSHIELD test targets three highly conserved regions of the viral genome for detection. High specificity offered by ...
How can I access my child's results?
Parents or guardians can access the results of their dependent minor enrolled in SHIELD Illinois program by creating an account in the parent's name and connecting to the existing record of the dependent minor by matching four unique identifiers of ...
I tested positive with covidSHIELD and negative with nasal PCR or other test. Which result is correct?
Not all PCR tests are the same. They run on different PCR instruments, use different reagents, look for different genes, etc. etc. For example, the covidSHIELD saliva test is more reliable overall compared to self-collected nasal specimens. Nasal PCR ...
Who owns SHIELD Illinois?
SHIELD Illinois is the SHIELD Deployment Unit of the University of Illinois System and continues the Land Grant Mission of the University of Illinois by deploying the innovative covidSHIELD saliva-based COVID-19 screening test throughout the state of ...