COVID-19 Serological Antibody Testing Available NOW
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Piedmont Internal Medicine is proud to offer COVID-19 Antibody Testing for our patients. We believe testing our patients is essential for individuals and our community. Testing allows for our patients to confirm if they have previously had COVID-19, validate antibodies were formed, and to provide knowledge on how their immune system responded to COVID-19. Testing is crucial to our community as it allows us the data needed to determine the status of herd immunity, cultivates information to be used in the development of a vaccine and to build data that will provide the most accurate statistics.
What is the COVID-19 Antibody Test
The test is designed to detect antibodies (also known as immunoglobulins) against the virus that causes COVID-19. Serological Antibody Testing is not the same as the COVID-19 diagnostic test. Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system in response to an infection and are specific to that particular infection. This test detects IgG antibodies that start to develop in most patients within seven to 10 days after symptoms of COVID-19 begin. IgG antibodies remain in the blood after an infection has passed. These antibodies indicate that you may have had COVID-19 in the recent past. It is unknown at this point how much protection antibodies might provide against another infection of COVID-19.
Who Can Get COVID19 Antibody Testing?
Any patient feels they may have been exposed to COVID-19, who has not been symptomatic for 7-10 days.
When and how will I receive my COVID-19 antibody test results?
Test results should be available within 2-3 business days. The results will be delivered in the same manner that you typically get your results (e.g., MyChart).
What do my COVID-19 antibody test results mean?
The COVID-19 antibody test will tell us if you have an antibody to COVID-19 or you do not have the antibody. It is thought to take about 6 weeks for your body to learn how to make this new antibody. Any test that we do may have the possibility for error, and your physician will go over this information during your in-office visit. Please note: Piedmont Internal Medicine is committed to having the most accurate test possible.
This test does NOT indicate you are immune to COVID-19.
- If the test comes back positive, it means you may have been exposed to COVID-19, and your body is responding appropriately by forming antibodies to help combat the coronavirus. At this time, science cannot say for sure that people with this antibody are now immune to COVID-19. We can only say that you may have been exposed. It also does not tell us if you have the infection currently or if you are still infectious.
- If the test comes back negative, it means that you have a lower likelihood that you have been exposed to COVID-19 or that it is too early to detect the body’s immune reaction (less than 6 weeks). A negative result does NOT indicate that you are immune to COVID-19.
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