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.
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.
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.
Share these results with your healthcare provider, who can answer any questions you may have about your specific situation.
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.
Be sure to continue to follow federal, state, and local government guidance regarding social distancing and COVID-19 safety precautions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave a message after hours and a PWNHealth team member will call you back as soon as possible.
This test has not been approved by the FDA.
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.
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.
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.