Emergency One is now offering antibody testing for COVID-19. The tests are intended for individuals who may have had COVID-19 symptoms but are no longer symptomatic.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and have recovered for more than 10 days, this test may be able to detect the presence of antibodies indicating an immune response to a past COVID-19 infection.
The test uses blood samples to determine if the individual may have produced an immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
If you are interested in receiving an antibody test because of a past illness, or just to see if you have developed an immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, please visit any of our Emergency One locations to be tested or get in line, online at the closest facility located below.
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Q: What is SARS-CoV-2?
A: SARS-CoV-2 is the name for the virus that causes COVID-19. It is part of a large family of coronaviruses, all of which typically cause respiratory disease in humans.
Q: What are antibodies?
A: Antibodies are proteins that develop when the immune system responds to a pathogen, such as a virus. There are different types of antibodies, including ones called IgM and IgG. IgM is the first antibody that develops after someone has an acute viral infection. This is followed by the development of IgG antibodies. Once IgG antibodies have been developed, if a person comes into contact with the same virus again, the IgG antibodies help the immune system respond faster and more effectively than it did the first time and may prevent illness.
Q: If a serology test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies is negative, does this mean I do not have the virus?
A: No. A serology test looks for the presence of proteins, called antibodies, which can be used to help understand if you were exposed to the virus recently or in the past. A person with a negative serology test could have the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but it is too early to detect the antibodies on the serology test. Only a molecular diagnostic test can be used to determine the presence or absence of the virus. Results from a serology test should not be used as the sole basis for diagnosing if someone had COVID-19.
Q: If a serology test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies is negative, but I had a molecular test that said I was infected with the virus, what does this mean?
A: A person with a negative serology test could have the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but the serology test is negative because it is too early to detect the antibodies since these take time for the body to develop. A person can also have a negative serology test because their immune system did not make enough of the antibodies to be detected by the test after they were infected. Your healthcare provider will talk with you about what the next steps should be, which may include repeating the serology test in the future.
Q: If the serology test is positive, does that mean that I have antibodies to the SARSCoV- 2 virus?
A: If the test used is only able to detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, then yes, a positive test would indicate that you have antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, some tests that detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 can yield false positive results due to infection from other related coronaviruses; for these tests, a positive result may indicate a previous exposure to a related virus and/or exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Your healthcare provider will talk with you about what a positive serology test may mean for you based on the kind of test that was used.
Q: If the serology test is positive and shows that I have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, does that mean I am immune to the virus?
A: Based on our knowledge of how the body reacts to an infection, we presume that the presence of IgG antibodies could mean that you have some level of immunity to a virus. However, at this time, it is unclear whether the presence of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies will result in immunity to prevent future COVID-19 infections. We will better understand immunity to SARS-CoV-2 as we study what happens to people who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies and are again exposed to SARS-CoV-2, to determine if any of them are confirmed to have new infections.
Q: If the serology test is positive and shows that I only have IgM antibodies to SARSCoV-2, does that mean I currently have COVID-19?
A: No, only a molecular diagnostic test can be used to determine the presence or absence of the virus. Results from a serology test should not be used as the sole basis for diagnosing if someone has or recently had COVID-19, but it can be used to screen individuals who should receive molecular testing.
If you believe that you meet the criteria for testing and would like to be evaluated by one of our Providers for an antibody test, please visit any one of our Emergency One locations or access via Eone Telemed. While most major insurance have indicated that they are providing coverage for Covid-19 evaluations, treatment and testing, please check with your health care insurance company to review your benefits.
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