Who Can or Should Get Tested?
If you think you might have had COVID-19 but did NOT get tested while you were feeling sick or a known exposure and have since recovered and you are wondering if what you were experiencing was COVID-19 then the SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Testing is for you.
If you have been tested for COVID-19 and were Positive then you do not need to be tested for antibodies at this time. In general, if you have a healthy immune system and recovered from COVID-19 then you very likely have antibodies. If you are symptomatic or have recent (past 3 weeks) known or suspected exposure then you should call your primary care physician or urgent care center for viral RNA testing.
When to Get Tested?
For Best Accuracy - We recommend testing approximately 6 weeks after exposure to the virus and at least 3 weeks after complete symptom resolution.
This is because Current studies show that testing later is more sensitive and there is a greater amount and variability in the immunoglobulin isotope and viral antigens for the test to detect.
Note: Currently (05/06/20) antibody levels appear to coincide with severity of disease (the more severe symptoms = higher viral load = the higher the antibody titers = more positive the results)
What Do We Test For?
We test for IgG antibodies (which generally confers long-term immunity. Current (05/06/20) evidence supports this but is not proven for SARS-CoV-2) these arise after the initial IgM response which is why we wait approximately 5 weeks until after exposure or symptom resolution to test for antibodies.
What AntiBody Test Do We Use?
We are using an FDA Validated ELISA Testing Kit that has already been through FDA Review. It is an IVD qualitative kit. We are using the highest quality components and materials all made in the United States. EUA authorization is pending.
These anti-body tests are new and are not FDA cleared or approved. Full FDA approval has not been given to any lab, test, or product related to SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing.
Interpreting the Test Results
THE SARS-CoV-2 ANTIBODY TEST ONLY INDICATES IF YOU HAVE ANTIBODIES (been exposed to and mounted an immune response) IT DOES NOT TELL IF YOU ARE PROTECTED AGAINST Re-INFECTION
We do not currently (05/06/2020) know if recovered SARS-CoV-2 patients are partially or fully protected from reinfection.
We do not yet know if all healthy (immune) patients have an antibody response to all the virus proteins
We do not know how viral mutation will affect the accuracy of testing or the development of immunity.
We do not know if having antibodies will prevent community spread
If recovered patients with antibodies develop immunity, we do not know how much protection they have or how long it will last.
HOW TO GET TESTED?
Call (or email) our office and speak with our Patient Services Director, Morgan. She will assist you in setting up a Telehealth Consultation or Examination with one of our chiropractic physicians who will further guide you through SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 antibody testing.
Call Today: 773.878.7330