Steubenville, Ohio, Apr 24, 2021 / 15:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Franciscan University of Steubenville is conducting a research study to better understand COVID-19 and herd immunity.
Through its School of Natural Applied Sciences, the university plans to evaluate 500 students and faculty by the end of April. The study is led by biology professor Dr. Kyle McKenna.
The Biology Department and the Franciscan Institute of Science and Health provided for the initial costs of the study, but it recently received a grant by the American Life League.
According to a university statement, McKenna said senior nursing majors have already drawn blood from 200 individuals. The blood is then analyzed for coronavirus antibodies.
“We want to know what percentage of people on campus demonstrate an immune response to SARS-CoV-2 virus,” said McKenna.