COVID-19 is an ever evolving topic, as we learn more about the virus while time goes on. You might find yourself with a lot of questions about COVID-19 testing, and particularly about antibody testing. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few FAQs to help our NiteOwl patients better understand Chattanooga COVID-19 antibody testing.
Q: What is an antibody test?
A: COVID-19 IgG antibody testing, also called serology testing, checks the body for a type of antibody called immunoglobulin G (IgG).
Q: How does COVID-19 antibody testing work?
A: After exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, your body will typically produce IgG antibodies as part of an immune response to the virus. The test detects these antibodies in the blood.
Q: When do COVID-19 antibodies form?
A: The body usually starts developing antibodies within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.
Q: Who should get a COVID-19 antibody test?
A: This type of COVID-19 testing is for people who think they may have had the virus, but currently do not have symptoms.
Q: Where can I get a COVID-19 antibody test in Chattanooga?
A: You can get a COVID-19 antibody test at NiteOwl Urgent Care in Chattanooga.
Q: How long does it take to receive COVID-19 antibody test results?
A: This test is quick and easy, with results available in about 10 minutes.
Q: How much does COVID-19 antibody testing at NiteOwl cost?
A: COVID-19 antibody testing at NiteOwl costs patients $75 out of pocket.
Q: Why is the COVID-19 antibody test helpful?
A: These antibody tests can play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19, helping healthcare professionals identify people who may have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, and may have developed immune response. This data can later potentially aid in determining if these individuals are less susceptible to additional SARS-CoV-2 infections in the future.
Q: How is a COVID-19 antibody test performed?
A: These tests are conducted through a simple blood draw. That blood is then examined for the presence of IgG antibodies.
Q: Do I have to get sick with coronavirus to have antibodies?
A: No. Research suggests that there is a significant number of the population who have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 who have never been ill or showed symptoms of the virus.
Q: Can I get an antibody test even if I haven’t tested positive for COVID-19?
A: Yes. If you have been at risk for exposure, whether or not you ever had symptoms or a positive test, your provider can recommend what testing is most appropriate for your situation.