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Antibody testing detects the presence of your body’s immune response to specific antigens. Antigens are harmful substances, such as a virus or toxin which triggers the body to create antibodies in a normal, healthy individual.
Antibody Tests that specifically assess the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 (Novel Coronavirus) may be able to tell if your immune system has made antibodies to protect you from the virus that causes COVID-19 which develops either after a previous COVID-19 infection OR from a COVID-19 vaccine. These antibodies will not be detectable during or immediately after infection with COVID-19 nor immediately after obtaining your COVID-19 vaccine. A Telemedicine consultation with one of our providers is the best way to determine when is the best time to get tested for antibodies and which specific COVID-19 Test will be most appropriate for your situation.
In order to have an antibody test, patients must have a provider’s orders. For adults, our providers will facilitate a virtual visit with you to see if you qualify for the test.
This is to minimize any possible spread of the coronavirus in the clinic if the patient is infected.
If you are near one of our clinics and would like to have an antibody test, our provider will direct you to visit the nearest clinic location where a provider will conduct a blood test. We currently have 13 physical Urgent Care for Kids testing clinics around Texas in the Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston areas.
A negative test means that antibodies to COVID-19 were not detected in your bloodstream. This may mean you have not been infected with COVID-19 in the past, though more research is being done on the accuracy of the test.
A positive test means that antibodies against COVID-19 have been detected in your blood. If you have recently experienced cold-like or flu-like symptoms, a positive test may indicate that you were infected by COVID-19. Additionally, it may be possible to have a positive test and not have experienced any symptoms. A positive result may be due to non-SARS-CoV-2 infection in the past. SARS-CoV-2 is a virus that causes COVID-19. Talk with your healthcare provider to help you interpret a positive test.
If your test is positive for antibodies and you have experienced cold/flu-like symptoms recently, then it means you may have had COVID-19 in the past and have recovered. Scientists are investigating the possibility that other infections could lead to a positive test.
As COVID-19 is a new virus, we currently do not know if these antibodies provide immunity. If it does provide immunity, scientists do not yet know how long that immunity would last.
Currently, there are no specific treatments available for COVID-19. A positive antibody test means that you may have had COVID-19 in the past and have recovered from the illness.
If you recently had a cold-like illness, please self-quarantine at home until at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared. Please review the question “When can I go back to work?” below for instructions regarding the number of days to quarantine and when you can return to work.
If you recently had a cold-like illness, please self-quarantine at home until at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared. After 7 days, if it has been 3 days (72 hrs) since you last had a fever without any fever reducers AND have had had no respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath), you may discontinue isolation. If you live with other family members, please ensure that all family members self-quarantine at home and monitor for any symptoms. If anyone in your household currently has symptoms, everyone in the household must be quarantined until all family members have met the above criteria. Some employers may request that a test be performed indicating negative results. If so, please request a telemedicine visit with one of our providers.
If you currently do not have any cold-like symptoms but have a positive antibody test, you are not contagious as long as the following criteria have been met: 1) more than 7 days have passed since you developed a cold-like illness, 2) after 7 days since starting the illness, it has been 3 days (72 hrs) since you last had a fever without any fever reducers and 3) you no longer have any respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath).