Positive COVID-19 Antibody Test Results

A positive result on a COVID-19 antibody test means that antibodies were detected in the sample you provided. In other words, a positive result suggests that you have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)*. ​

Positive COVID-19​ ​Antibody Results

Antibodies typically suggest protective immunity from further infection. However, evidence is still being collected to determine if antibodies provide protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) specifically.

*​If you have been previously diagnosed with or exposed to other types of coronaviruses, there is a possibility of a false positive. There is also a possibility of a false positive if it’s unlikely you had SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) based on your exposure history or symptoms.

Next Steps

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Because this test only determines whether you have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), contact your employer about your next steps. Follow your employer’s guidance regarding ways to protect others from being infected with COVID-19.
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The decision to return to work should be determined by you and your employer based on a number of factors, including symptoms and ongoing risk of spreading the virus to others.
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Share these results with your healthcare provider, who can answer any questions you may have about your specific situation.
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Due to the lack of evidence to support protective immunity, if you are exposed, monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, contact your employer right away to determine next steps. If you develop severe or concerning symptoms, seek medical attention right away.
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Be sure to continue to follow federal, state, and local government guidance regarding social distancing and COVID-19 safety precautions.
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If you have questions about this test or your results, you can contact the PWNHealth Care Coordination Team at 315-401-7865, Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, or email PWNHealth at ​covid19@pwnhealth.com​. You can also leave a message after hours and a PWNHealth team member will call you back as soon as possible.

FDA Disclaimers

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This test has not been approved by the FDA.
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Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals.
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Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status.
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Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.