What does antibody testing do?
COVID-19 antibody testing is used to detect past infection with coronavirus, typically COVID-19 due to its prevalence in recent months. In order to perform the test, you will need to visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk. A blood sample will be taken and sent to our lab, which will be able to detect the presence of antibodies.
What do the results of an antibody test indicate?
Antibodies indicate an immune response to a virus. A positive antibody test result indicates exposure to COVID-19 as well as the presence of antibodies. It is still unknown whether or not the presence of antibodies indicates an immunity to further infection with COVID-19, and it is important to continue following current state and local guidelines when it comes to health and safety, especially as businesses begin to reopen to customers. A negative antibody test indicates that you have not been exposed to COVID-19 and have not developed antibodies against the virus.
What is the difference between antibody testing and COVID-19 diagnostic testing?
Antibody testing cannot be used to diagnose a current case of COVID-19. It only detects antibodies formed about two weeks after symptoms subside from an infection. It is recommended that you wait at least ten days after your symptoms dissipate for testing. Antibody testing is also performed via a blood draw. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the days leading up to your antibody test, you will likely test negative due to the limited time your body has had to generate an immune response to the virus.
Diagnostic, or PCR, testing is performed via a swab of the lower nasal cavity. It only takes a few moments and is virtually painless. PCR testing can detect the live virus and can be performed on symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. While AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is only performing antibody testing at this time, our staff can arrange for diagnostic testing at one of our partner locations.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Norwalk, CT
If you are interested in learning about potential exposure to COVID-19, schedule a telemedicine visit with AFC Urgent Care today. We will make an appointment to have you come in for a blood draw with results available in 1 to 2 days and no out-of-pocket cost to you. For questions, please call 203-845-9100.