COVID-19 Antibody Testing Now Available for Existing Patients!
If you think you may have had COVID-19 or if you had known exposure to the virus, but never received a test, the antibody test may provide answers.
WHAT IS A COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST?
The body produces antibodies as part of an immune response to viruses. Once someone becomes exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, they may become sick. This antibody test checks for the presence of antibodies that the body would have created in response to the coronavirus. It usually takes around 10 to 18 days to produce enough antibodies to be detected in the blood.
PLEASE NOTE: This test is different from the COVID-19 PCR swab test, which indicates if you have an active infection and that the virus is present. If you think you may have COVID-19, visit www.CDC.org to learn about screenings, testing and care.
IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 ANTIBODIES, DOES THAT MEAN I WON'T GET SICK AGAIN?
At this time, it is unknown what level of antibodies are needed to protect you from becoming reinfected with the coronavirus or how long that protection will last. With most viruses the presence of antibodies provides a level of immunity to that virus. It’s also important to remember that even if you have antibodies, you still have the potential to be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus and spread it to others.
WHAT DOES A NEGATIVE COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST MEAN?
A negative test result means that the antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your body. A false-negative result may occur if your blood is drawn before it has produced enough IgG antibodies for the test to detect. This is why antibody testing is not recommended until at least 14 days after your symptoms have resolved.
SHOULD I GET THE COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST?
The test results, along with other information, may help your health care provider make informed recommendations about your care. It’s important to discuss the results with your provider to receive guidance on what your test results mean for your specific health needs.
ARE ALL COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTS THE SAME?
No, there are multiple tests with variable performance. It’s important to have your test performed at a reputable laboratory. PPS has been a trusted resource in our community for over a decade.