COVID-19 Antibody Test
COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test$149
Health Street offers COVID-19 antibody tests to determine if someone has antibodies to the novel Coronavirus. Business owners can screen employees to find out if they might have been exposed to the virus, and individuals can obtain affordable IgG antibody tests to see if they may have been exposed or recovered from COVID-19.
About COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test
Registering for COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test
Ordering a COVID-19 IgG antibody test from Health Street is fast and easy. You can register for a Coronavirus IgG antibody test by simply clicking the link below. Then choose the location that is the best for you or your staff.
The phlebotomists that collect the specimens have physician oversight. Results will be reviewed by PWNHealth and delivered as soon as they are ready. You may discuss your results with PWNHealth's Care Coordination Team and schedule a telehealth consult with a physician or other healthcare provider.
What Benefits Come With COVID-19 IgG Antibody Testing?
These IgG antibody tests determine if someone was exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by detecting whether they have produced antibodies. It does not determine if someone is actively infected. While there is not yet confirmation that antibodies provide protection against future infection, experience with other viruses indicates that antibodies usually give immunity from further infection.
What will a COVID-19 Antibody test tell me?
This antibody test will show whether or not you have developed antibodies to COVID-19.
Are there any limitations to a COVID-19 Antibody tests?
If you get an antibody test too soon after being infected, it may cause a false negative result. Furthermore, some individuals who do get infected with COVID-19 may not develop enough antibodies to be detected by this test, such as people with a weakened immune system due to a medical condition or certain medications. Additionally, this test may detect antibodies from a prior exposure to a coronavirus other than COVID-19, which can result in a false positive.
If you have additional questions about whether or not to get tested, check out our guide to inform you about what to know before getting a COVID-19 test.
About The COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test
The COVID-19 IgG antibody testing, also known as serology testing, checks for immunoglobulin G (IgG). This is a protein that the body produces in the later stages of COVID-19 infection. It normally takes between 2 and 3 weeks after the body is exposed to COVID-19 for the immune response (IgG antibodies) to develop.
Other forms of COVID-19 antibody testing detect different antibodies the body produces.The IgG antibodies provide the best clues to long term immunity because they are longer-lasting and more specific than other types.
While the test result should not be used as the only indication if a person has been exposed to COVID-19 (a health care provider's evaluation and exposure history are also important factors), it will enable doctors, employers and individuals to make more informed decisions going forward.
FDA Authorizes COVID-19 IgG Antibody Testing
Testing for COVID-19 antibodies is still being evaluated. In March 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized COVID-19 IgG antibody testing under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). This means that while the FDA believes in the efficacy of the test enough to allow it to be administered, it hasn't been subjected to the rigorous process that warrants FDA approval yet.
Health Street's pledge to you:
There are many testing companies and labs that are offering COVID-19 antibody testing under the EUA. Because of the nature of the pandemic, some of these tests have been shown to have low sensitivity or specificity, and in some cases, high false positive rates. Health Street follows a time tested strategy to protect you: we work with only the best, most respected, national laboratories with decades of experience and track records of excellence. We will not offer "budget" options that put your health and the community at risk. We will only send blood specimens to LabCorp and Quest.
What Are COVID-19 Antibody Tests From Health Street For?
SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing is not for everyone. You should only get this test if you are not feeling sick or DO NOT have the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
An IgG antibody test from Health Street is right for you if…
You should NOT get this test if…
How is a COVID-19 antibody test performed?
This test is conducted by collecting a blood sample (such as from a finger prick or needle draw).
How do I prepare for the test?
You do not need to do anything to prepare for the test. You do not need to fast or stop taking any medications before testing. Further instructions will be provided to you at the lab or in your test kit.
What Do The Test Results Tell Me?
A positive COVID-19 antibody test means that IgG antibodies were found in your blood specimen. This indicates that you have been exposed to COVID-19. Generally, this means that your immune system has responded by producing IgG antibodies to protect you against reinfection, but a lot is still unknown about COVID-19. Experts are still finding out the facts about Coronavirus antibody testing and the virus in general.
If your result is positive, you should follow up with your doctor and consult with your employer. A positive result should not be the sole factor determining whether or not you should return to work. You should still maintain social distancing, wear a mask outside of the home, and monitor yourself for symptoms.
A negative COVID-19 antibody test means that IgG antibodies were not found in the sample you provided. This does not mean you're not at risk or have not contracted COVID-19.
If you were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19, or previously had symptoms of COVID-19, there is a possibility that you tested too soon for your body to have produced enough antibodies to be detected by the test. If so, you might consider taking another test in a week or two.
Equivocal or Indeterminate Result
Tests can also come back equivocal, which means the test couldn't determine if you've been exposed to COVID-19 or not. If you get an indeterminate COVID-19 antibody test result, you will need to get retested to determine whether you have IgG antibodies or not.
After you receive your results from Health Street, you will have an opportunity to have a verbal or telehealth consult with an independent licensed physician or other healthcare provider from PWNHealth, who can answer any questions you may have about your test results and help determine next steps.
Who is PWNHealth?
PWNHealth is an independent healthcare provider network that provides oversight services to you in connection with Health Street's COVID-19 Antibody testing, including determination of whether to authorize the test, review of results, and verbal or telehealth consultation after the results are ready, if necessary. PWNHealth and its services are independent from Health Street and its partner laboratories.
The fee of $149 is inclusive of fees collected on behalf of PWNHealth for physician oversight services.
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