COVID-19 Antibody Testing
This test is used to detect antibodies your body may have produced while fighting the COVID-19 virus. The test involves taking a small amount of your blood and testing it for antibodies, which are substances that your body produces in response to viruses and other infections in your blood.
Our tests can pick up Covid19 specific antibodies, indicating that you have at some point had Covid19. Please note that a positive result does not indicate immunity to the virus, and you must still adhere to all government advice.
COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test (Finger Prick)
The test requires a finger prick blood sample which is only taken by our registered nurses.
The antibody test is testing for the specific “IgG” & “IgM” COVID-19 antibodies. The test is processed at our clinic with results available in 10-15 minutes.
The Rapid Test is a CE Certified immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies against COVID-19 in human whole blood, serum or plasma specimens. An immunoglobulin test measures the level of certain immunoglobulins, or antibodies, in the blood. Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system to fight micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses and toxins.
A positive result indicated COVID-19 antibodies have been detected in your blood – this suggests that you have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and have had an immune response.
The advantage of this result is that you have now identified that you have previously been exposed to COVID-19.
An absence of antibodies means that it is likely that you have NOT had COVID-19. An absence of antibodies infers an absence of immune defence to further coronavirus infections.
Things to Remember:
This test is presently accepted by the China for travel entry requirements. It is important to remember that COVID-19 is a new virus, and the link between the presence of antibodies and immunity is not proven. Moreover, a positive test result for antibodies does not necessarily mean that you are immune to COVID-19.
However, as we learn more about COVID-19 you will be in a better position to understand the implications of your test results.