Covid-19 Antibody Testing
Updated: Feb 2
Are you wondering if that cold, cough, or flu-like illness you had a few weeks or months ago was COVID-19? Or if it is possible that you have already recovered from the virus without having any symptoms? Or are you someone who has recovered from COVID-19 but are wondering if you still have active antibodies in your system?
VanMor offers commercial antibody tests to assist you in answering these questions.
With a small finger stick, we can test for signs that your body has the COVID-19 antibody.
As policy makers, scientists and healthcare providers discuss how to continue to open up the country, widespread use of such testing has been used by some officials as a strategy to identify people who may be immune and could therefore safely return to work and normal life.
What is COVID-19 serology testing?
Also known as antibody testing, serological testing analyzes a sample of the patient’s blood (collected with a fingerstick or from a vein) to check for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Also known as immunoglobulins, antibodies are Y-shaped proteins that the body produces to fight invading viruses. Therefore, the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in the blood indicates a prior infection, whether or not the patient has experienced any symptoms of the disease. This test cannot detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, just antibodies to it.
In most patients, antibodies typically appear during the second week of COVID-19 infection and start to reach peak levels two or more weeks after the onset of illness, according to World Health Organization. That means that antibody testing may not detect the disease early enough to be useful for diagnosing people with current symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, bluish lips or face, muscle pain, sore throat, headache and new loss of taste or smell. For people with active infections, the CDC and WHO recommend the Virus or Antigen Test, which checks samples from the patient’s respiratory system (such as nasal swabs) for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Contact VanMor to learn how we can help you with your testing needs.