What is Covid-19 Antibody Immunity Test?
This serology test is a screening test to detect the presence of igG and/or IgM antibodies to the Covid-19 virus in an individual blood. Antibodies are proteins produced by one’s body to fight off infection.
A positive antibody test indicates past resolved viral infection, the presence of protective antibodies, and possible immunity.
A negative antibody test indicates no past viral exposure but does not diagnose acute infection. An acute infection swab test is needed to diagnose recent or acute infection.
In past experiences, presence of antibodies from antibody testing suggests protection against future infection. For example, presence of antibodies against respiratory illnesses such as flu and SARS has demonstrated protective immunity.
However, for Covid-19, the presence of antibodies cannot yet for certainty forecast the degree, strength or duration of protection and immunity. As such, protective measures such as use of face masks and physical distancing are still important in the time being.
These tests are provided by FDA sanctioned laboratories, allowed for use or for distribution under FDA emergency use authorization but have not been reviewed by the FDA.
Two types of tests are available:
1. Lab or office based blood draw test: results available within one week
2. Home rapid finger prick blood test: results available within half hour
How does this treatment differ from the other options?
Tests for past resolved infection, presence of antibodies, and possible immunity
Does not test for acute or recent infection
What Conditions May Be Treated?
Testing itself does not directly treat conditions, but accurate diagnosis does determine accurate therapies.
Whom is the treatment for?
1. Patients with realistic expectation
2. Healthcare or first-responder personnel
3. Preparation for surgery
4. Suspect for past infection in the absence of initial testing for acute infection
Whom is the treatment not for?
1. Patients with unrealistic expectation
2. Suspect for acute or recent infection
How is the treatment done?
Testing uses collection methods via finger stick or blood draw.
What results may be expected?
Results vary depending on the individual state of health.
When will one see the results?
Results for the lab or office based blood draw are available in one week.
Results for the rapid home finger stick test are available in half hour.
Your physician will review test results at time of consultation and provide you copies of the testing.
How long do the results last?
Testing results vary and are not constant depending on the individual state of health.
How to maintain or enhance my results?
Maintenance is required.
Healthy eating and exercise are helpful to enhance results.
Further treatment may be recommended to further results.
What is the recovery like?
Cost of Treatments
Cost of treatment options ranges in three digits. An in-person consultation with your specialist physician will help to determine the best suitable solution to your own individual needs.