Although much of the talk about Coronavirus has died down, there still seems to be some confusion around the various COVID tests and how they differ.
What is COVID antibody testing?
The COVID Antibodies IgC test checks to see if you have had COVID-19 in the past by looking to see if you currently have antibodies against the COVID virus in your blood. A COVID test, such as Test2Go Home PCR Test for Peace of Mind, will determine whether you currently have the virus that causes COVID-19 in your body.
How does the COVID antibody test work?
The antibody test works by collecting a sample of your blood via a finger-prick device in the comfort of your own home and then sending this sample back to your accredited labs to be analysed. An antibody is a protein that our bodies produce to help us to fight infection. If you have had COVID-19 or the vaccine to fight against it, then your body may have made the relevant COVID antibodies to fight off the virus.
Do I need a COVID Antibody test?
If you think you have had COVID in the past, and want to confirm this, then our antibody test can confirm this. Or, you can also use our test to check your body’s immune response to COVID-19 or the vaccine. If you think you are currently suffering from COVID, however, you should get a COVID home test to confirm if you now have the virus.
What does my antibody level mean?
The results of our IgG test will also tell you your antibody level, i.e. the number of antibodies in your blood. If you test positive, this can be anything between 0 to 80,000 AU/ml. The level of antibodies you are given can suggest your body’s response to either the vaccine or the virus.
Will I get the result of the antibody test immediately?
No. You must collect the blood sample at home and then send it back to our accredited labs for processing. You should have your results within two working days of us receiving the sample at our testing labs.
Who can take a COVID antibody test?
Our COVID antibodies test kits are suitable for adults over the age of 18 and are for personal use only. Your antibody results may be affected if you have had a recent plasma infusion or your immune system defences are low due to medical conditions or medication (immunocompromised).
When should I take my COVID Antibodies IgG test?
You should take the antibodies test on the same day that you are going to post it back to the laboratory to prevent the blood sample from getting damaged or deteriorating. If you want to take the test after the COVID vaccine, you should leave it for at least 14 days.
What happens if I test positive for COVID antibodies?
If you test positive for COVID antibodies, it means that there were COVID-19 antibodies in your blood sample when you took the test. This means your body has produced a response to COVID, either from catching the virus or having the COVID-19 vaccine.
What happens if I test negative for COVID antibodies?
Testing negative for COVID-19 antibodies means either you have no antibodies in your blood or the levels were too low to be significant. NB. It is important to note that our tests are not a substitute for seeing a doctor, particularly if you have symptoms. You should not make a diagnosis or start any treatment without a consultation with a doctor or a suitably trained health professional.
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