What is the Covid antibody test?
Our antibody test helps to provide you with an in-depth insight into how your body responds to, and protects against COVID-19. By extracting a blood specimen, our test can check for the presence of specific antibodies that indicate if the virus has been contracted in the past, as well as Immunoglobulin (IgG) levels which show any current immunity from vaccinations.
How does this antibody test differ from other COVID-19 tests?
Antibody testing is different to regular COVID-19 tests as it is done after you have recovered from COVID-19, the primary aim is to determine if you have developed any detectable antibodies in response to a past SARS-CoV-2 infection, it can also detect antibodies from vaccination.
What does a negative result mean?
With a negative result, the blood sample indicates that no COVID-19 antibodies were detected in the blood sample taken, at the time of testing, suggesting that in recent months you have not been infected with the virus. Although, it is still possible to get a negative result despite being infected in the past, as some people do not develop antibodies, or the level of antibodies is too low for the test to detect them.
Will this test tell me if I am infected with Covid-19?
No, the antibody test does not search for active COVID-19 infections, it only tells of an antibody response to past cases of Covid and potential reaction to vaccines.
How is this test conducted?
Taking a small sample of your blood is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis, a sample is collected usually from a finger prick, or by drawing blood from a vein in the arm.