COVID-19 Antibody Testing Questions and Answers
COVID-19 antibody testing can help you better fight against the possible infection and spread of COVID-19. Come to AFC Urgent Care today for your testing now. Book an appointment or visit our clinic conveniently located at 15689 Southern Blvd #101 Loxahatchee Groves, FL 33470. We serve patients from Loxahatchee Groves, FL, Royal Palm Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Wellington FL, Century Village FL and Lake Park FL.
Amidst a global pandemic, testing has become commonplace. There are many different types of COVID-19 tests available, one of the more popular tests are serology tests, also known as antibody testing. These types of tests detect antibodies for the virus in a person’s blood. This allows us to know if they have been infected in the past, but does not always show a current infection as the antibodies can take a few weeks to develop in the body.
Who should get an antibody test for COVID-19?
Many places are now testing for COVID-19 antibodies in specific groups, such as healthcare workers, close contacts of known cases, seniors homes or within households. The World Health Organization supports these studies, as they are critical for understanding the extent of the infection and specific risk factors associated with it.
How is the presence of COVID-19 detected in testings?
An antibody test, also known as a serology test, looks for specific antibodies in your blood. This test is useful because it shows if you have had the infection in the past, even if you had only mild symptoms. This type of test is less useful for diagnosing a disease because it can take some time for your body to make enough antibodies to show if you are infected.
To find out if you have COVID-19 right now, and are potentially infectious to others, you need a different test, called a viral test. Viral tests require a swab sample to be taken from your nose or throat and generally look for the presence of genetic material from the virus. If positive, this determines that you are currently infected, and that you might be able to spread this infection to others.
What are the steps to booking a COVID-19 Antibody Test?
To book your antibody test, call AFC Urgent Care in Loxahatchee Groves, FL and book an appointment with one of our staff! If that isn’t easy enough, you can also book online!
What happens during the test?
Since there are an ample amount of antibodies in the bloodstream, an antibody test is in most cases a blood test. Another place where antibodies are found is in saliva, and therefore many salivary antibody tests are now on the market. However, salivary blood tests may not work as well as blood tests. A health care professional takes a sample of your blood and sends it to a lab to look for COVID-19 antibodies. This is different from the viral COVID-19 test, which involves swabbing the inside of your nose and the back of your throat to collect saliva and respiratory fluids to look for evidence of the virus itself.
How long after the test will I get the results?
Antibody tests garner quick results, and the expected turnaround time is 24 to 48 hours.
If you or someone you know is in need of an antibody test for COVID-19, come to AFC Urgent Care today! Our expert staff are experienced in giving antibody tests and can help you feel at ease when getting one! Our facility is clean and sterilized, so you will feel safe when you are with us. To speak with one of our specialists, contact our office today. Visit us online or simply call us to book an appointment.