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Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Antibody Testing

As states and local businesses prepare to reopen, patients may be looking for more information about whether or not they have been exposed to COVID-19. Between the relatively young age of the virus and the high number of positive cases where the patient has not exhibited symptoms, much information is still being researched and determined. By getting tested for COVID-19 antibodies, you will be able to determine if you have developed an immune response against the virus. 

What is done during an antibody test?

An antibody test detects the presence of antibodies, which is formed after an infection. Antibodies are an immune response to an illness or virus that can be found through a simple blood test. In order to get tested for COVID-19 antibodies, you must visit Centennial Medical Group. Please wear a mask when visiting our center for testing. 

What do my test results mean?

A positive antibody test result indicates that you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have developed an immune response to the virus. Research is still being conducted to determine whether or not that indicates immunity to further infection. If you test positive for COVID-19 antibodies, you should continue to follow local health and safety guidelines including wearing a mask or protective face covering in public areas and social distancing.

A negative antibody test indicates no exposure to COVID-19 and that you have not developed antibodies for the virus.

Differences between COVID-19 Diagnostic & Antibody Testing

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is used to detect and diagnose the active COVID-19 virus. Testing is performed by taking a swab of the lower nasal cavity, which takes only a moment and is painless for the patient. Results are typically available within three days. Antibody testing is performed by taking a blood sample and can only determine if there has been a past infection. The test detects the presence of antibodies formed about ten days after an infection has healed. Due to this, it is recommended you wait between ten and fourteen days after symptoms subside to get tested for COVID-19 antibodies. It is important to note that while you may get a negative result back from your antibody test, you may have been exposed in the days leading up to your test. 

COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Elkridge & Columbia, MD

If you are preparing to return to your workplace and are unsure if you have been exposed to COVID-19, visit a local urgent care center for testing.

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