The COVID-19 Antibody Test
We are proud to offer a very specific and sensitive blood test, developed by Abbott, that determines if your body has developed antibodies specific to the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19
If you would like to schedule the SARS-CoV-2 antibody test, please fill out the online form at the bottom of this page. We will be happy to contact you and help you get the testing you need
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the difference between
a swab test and an antibody test?
THE SWAB TEST IS FOR SYMPTOMATIC PATIENTS
The molecular COVID-19 test is a nasal swab test for symptomatic patients and is used to detect the direct presence of COVID-19. Check your local community for nasal swab testing sites.
ANTIBODY TEST DETECTS A PAST INFECTION, REGARDLESS OF PRESENCE OF SYMPTOMS
The antibody test is a serum blood test that detects the body's immune response to the infection caused by the COVID-19 virus rather than detecting the virus itself. Antibodies are produced by the immune system after a minimum of 7 days after infection and remain positive long after the infection. Therefore, the antibody test can be used to detect a past infection with COVID-19 regardless if the patient ever experienced symptoms.
WHO IS THE ANTIBODY TEST RECOMMENDED FOR?
Those not exhibiting any signs or symptoms of an active infection
HAD SYMPTOMS & RECOVERED but never received the test
SUSPECTED CONTACT WITH COVID-19 but never experienced symptoms
The antibody test is for asymptomatic (not exhibiting any signs or symptoms of active infection) patients only or patients who suspect they may have come in contact with the virus or experienced symptoms weeks or months ago but were never tested.
If you have mild cough, runny nose, fever, or still recovering - please wait until you recover completely before ordering the test (at least 14 days).
What type of antibodies are you testing?
We are testing for the SARS-CoV-2 IgG and IgM antibodies and using the methodology developed by Abbott Diagnostics, a leading US developer of testing equipment and reagents.
How long does it take to develop antibodies?
On average, IgG antibodies take about 2 weeks to fully develop after first symptoms. Each case varies by person and antibodies can be detected before and certainly after the 2-week period.
IgM antibodies may show as early as 4-5 days after first symptoms but typically decrease over time.
What's the difference between IgG
and IgM antibodies?
This test identifies the presence of proteins in the blood called antibodies. These will only exist if the immune system has been exposed to the coronavirus. Typically, IgM shows up early in the body’s response and fades as the virus is successfully cleared. Because the presence of IgM may indicate current infection, patients should consider themselves still contagious. Repeat testing after quarantining for 14 days is recommended.
The presence of IgG antibodies may indicate that you have developed some immunity to the virus.
If my report results positive, am I immune to COVID-19?
There's a higher likelihood you're immune.
If IgG is positive, and IgM is negative, there is a higher likelihood that you have developed some immunity to the virus. At this time it is unclear if this immunity is absolute and how long it lasts.
There is a small chance that the antibody test may be falsely positive due to a past or present infection with other non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains. In addition, COVID-19 infected patients may have a falsely negative test result if the antibody has not yet developed in response to the virus.
How much does it cost? Will insurance pay for it?
$0 - $119
We will bill all insurance plans. Serology antibody testing and office visits are fully covered by the CARES ACT & FFCRA, or by insurance providers. The test has a cash price of $119 if the patient requests without an ordering physician. Check local regulations if you are unsure if self-ordering is permitted in your area.
How long does it take to get the Results?
2-3 Business Days
The expected turnaround time is 2-3 business days, from date of receipt at the laboratory. Please contact your physician's office for a copy of your test results. Tests are performed by Morningstar Laboratories and GD Biosciences.
Can I return to work if found positive for IgG antibodies?
Currently, there are no national guidelines outlining return to work protocols. Check with your employer on recommendations pertaining to your environment. In the coming weeks and months, additional data will be available to determine the likelihood of immunity conferred by a positive test and the role it plays for individuals returning to work.
FAQs about Our COVID-19 Antibody Test
Can I trust this antibody test?
We are partnered with Abbott, a scientific and innovative company with over 130 years of experience, and sterling reputation as a trusted US brand. Abbott’s validated protocol has a sentitivity of 100% and a specificity of 99.6%; the highest of any test currently being offered. This level of precision is critical in trusting the accuracy of the results we provide. A seemingly small difference in sensitivity and specificity can impact the number of false positives and false negatives. For example, if a test claims 95% specificity, it translates to a 50% false positive rate in a population where only 5% of the people have contracted the virus which is the current estima- tion.
Is the antibody test FDA Approved?
These tests have been authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use by authorized laboratories. There are currently NO FDA approved SAR-CoV-2 antibody tests available.