AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is now offering antibody testing, which can detect past infection with COVID-19. The test is performed via a blood draw (which is then sent to our lab partner) and results are available within 1-2 days.
Who can be tested for coronavirus antibodies?
Patients who have been asymptomatic (not exhibiting a cough, fever, body aches or shortness of breath) for at least 14 days can be tested for coronavirus antibodies. Patients must be over the age of 15.
Is there a difference between antibody testing and diagnostic testing?
Antibody testing can only be performed on asymptomatic patients and detects a past infection: it requires a blood draw. Diagnostic testing is performed via a nasal swab and can detect the active COVID-19 virus. Please note that AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is only performing antibody testing at this time, but we can arrange for diagnostic testing at another location.
How does antibody testing work?
Please wear a mask when you come to our center for testing. After an initial telemedicine screening to go over your symptoms and ensure you are asymptomatic, you will come to our center for the blood draw. During your telemedicine screening, your physician will go over the limitations of antibody testing as well as how results will be interpreted.
What do my results mean?
A positive antibody test indicates that you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies for the virus. A negative antibody test indicates that you have not been or have limited exposure to coronavirus and have not developed antibodies for the virus. While a positive test may indicate that the patient has some level of immunity to COVID-19, this is not necessarily true in all cases.
It is important that you continue to follow local and federal health and safety guidelines, regardless of your test results. This includes social distancing, washing your hands regularly and wearing a protective face covering in public areas. For more information on how antibody testing is used or interpreted, please visit the CDC website for the latest updates.