Covid-19 Antibody Testing

If you would like to find out if you have previously had Covid-19, then this antibody blood test will show whether you have specific IgG and the IgM antibodies. If you are looking for a Covid-test for travel purposes, please click here

What Does the Antibody Test Look For?

The majority of patients who recover from Coronavirus have been found to produce antibodies; initially an IgM antibody and then an IgG antibody during the recovery phase. The detection IgG antibody shows whether a person has previously been infected by SARS-Cov-2. This test detects both the IgG and the IgM antibodies.

When Can The Covid-19 Antibody Test be Done?

The blood test should be booked for 17 days or more following exposure or onset of symptoms. The immune system reacts to the SARS Cov-2 by producing antibodies from a few days to 2 weeks and beyond. Specific IgG antibodies are produced at the later stages of the infection to SARS Cov-2. The persistence of IgG antibodies allows the identification of people who have been infected by SARS -Cov-2.

How Accurate is the Antibody Test?

Medical tests are usually measured for accuracy by looking at two criteria – Specificity and Sensitivity. The higher the percentage, the more accurate the result.

The test is 100% Specific.
A test that has 100% specificity will identify 100% of patients who do not have the disease.

The test is 97.5 % Sensitive. 
A test that is 100% sensitive will identify all patients who have the disease.

What Are The Symptoms of Covid-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting Diarrhoea

Please note that this test is an antibody blood test to check if you have previously had Covid-19. It is not a swab test to determine if you currently have the virus. The Covid-19 Antibody test is not available to anyone under the age of 16.

To book, please call 01483 454016 or follow the link below to book online.

 

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