COVID-19 Sample Donation

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past month and live in the Atlanta area, you may be able to participate in a one-time research study to advance coronavirus research. In this study, your saliva or blood will be used in COVID-19 research to develop new ways of detecting COVID-19.

Financial compensation for participation is provided. Sample collection may take up to 30 minutes. Samples are collected by appointment only (Monday – Friday).

To participate in this study, click on the “Fight COVID-19” button below.

Study Title: Collection of human biological samples for the research and development of COVID-19 detection assays
Sterling IRB ID: 8291-BZhang
Principal Investigator: Benyue Zhang, M.D., M.B.A.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 using a PCR or antigen test (must provide documentation)(test used a throat or nasal swab)
  • 18 years or older
  • Able to provide consent
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Fluent in English

You are not eligible to participate in this study if you are pregnant or have any health problems that would interfere with the study or make it unsafe for you.

PanoHealth, LLC will be conducting the study. PanoHealth is a health management company that seeks to better the quality of life for individuals worldwide.

3607 Parkway Lane, Suite 200
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

One sample type collected
Saliva = $35.00
Fingerstick blood sample = $35.00
Venipuncture blood sample using a needle = $250.00 for 70 cc

Two sample types collected
Saliva + fingerstick blood sample = $50.00
Saliva + Venipuncture blood sample (70 cc) = $275.00
Fingerstick blood sample + Venipuncture blood sample (70 cc) = $275.00

Three sample types collected
Saliva + fingerstick blood sample + Venipuncture blood sample (70 cc) = $300.00

Participants will be financially compensated immediately after the sample(s) has been collected. Compensation will be in the form of a check.

In cases where the sample type(s) collected vary from the sample type(s) agreed upon before the appointment, the participant will be asked to provide their mailing address; a check will be mailed within 1 week.

Samples are collected by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments will occur Monday – Friday. Venipuncture blood samples will only be collected 9 – 11 am.

If you’ve provided samples for this study and are interested in donating more, please e-mail to learn if you qualify. Not all participants are eligible for additional donations.

You will spit into two cups. Participants should drink at least 2 cups of water 30 minutes – 1 hour before they arrive for their appointment. Participants should not drink other types of liquid < 1 hour before their scheduled appointment. You will be asked to provide two spit samples. Sample collection will take less than 5 minutes.

Participants should have a snack and drink at least 2 cups of water 30 minutes – 1 hour before they arrive for their appointment.

There are two types of blood samples for this study. In both cases, the site will be disinfected before sample collection.

Fingerstick blood samples will be collected using a lancet, which is a small, needle-like object used to the prick the skin. (Lancets are commonly used by diabetic patients to collect blood for blood glucose monitors and glucose test strips.) 5 – 10 drops of blood will be collected. Sample collection will take 5 minutes.

Venipuncture blood samples will be collected by inserting a needle into the vein of the arm. A volume of 70 cc of blood will be collected. 70 cc is equal to 4.7 tablespoons. Sample collection will take 10 minutes.

Your participation in this study involves one study visit that will last up to 30 minutes.

It will roughly take less than 5 minutes to collect saliva, 5 minutes to collect fingerstick blood samples, and 10 minutes to collect venipuncture blood samples. These estimates do not include the amount of time required to review and sign the consent form.

A discussion reviewing the consent form will occur during the appointment prior to sample collection, and the participant will be asked to sign the consent form.


Participants who plan to provide saliva should drink at least 2 cups of water 30 minutes to 1 hour before saliva is collected. Also, participants who plan to provide a venipuncture sample should drink at least 2 cups of water and have a snack before the blood draw.

Participants must bring a form of identification (for example, their driver’s license) and a face mask that covers their nose and mouth.

If the participants fails to bring identification and a face mask to their appointment, no sample will be collected and no financial compensation will be provided.

Participants should also bring an electronic device (e.g., smart phone, tablet) with internet access to sign the consent form electronically. If the participant does not have an electronic device, a paper-based consent form will be provided.


If participants are running late or cannot make the appointment, they should notify us as soon as possible at or (888) 494 – 8555. If we are unable to collect samples because of late arrivals, the participant will not be financially compensated. If possible, we will reschedule a participant’s appointment.


Yes, but only if it is safe for the participant to travel to our collection site and only if the participant can wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth.

Advance COVID-19 Research

To determine your eligibility and availability, please fill out the information below. Your participation is strictly voluntary, meaning that you may or may not choose to take part at any time. To the extent permitted by applicable laws and regulations, the records identifying you will not be made publicly available.

COVID-19 Sample Donation Eligibility


How did you hear about this study? (check all that apply) *


I have been diagnosed with COVID-19 using a PCR or antigen test within the past month: *
Have you received an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine? *
Verify all: *
Pregnancy status:


To help schedule an appointment, we need to understand your availability. Once you have submitted this form, we will contact you via e-mail to set a specific appointment time.

Over the next week, I am available during these days or times (check all that apply).

I would like to provide the following sample type(s) (check all that apply):

Once you click on the “Submit” button below, you will be contacted via the e-mail address you provided above within 2 business days. If eligible, you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire and then an appointment will be scheduled.

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