COVID-19 Serology Antibody Testing

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COVID-19 Antibody/Antigen Testing

Our COVID-19 panel is a highly sensitive and accurate serum assay for viral antibodies proven to be 97.14% sensitive and 98.36% specific in its produced results.

 

 

Gentera Med’s COVID-19 Panel reports separately on TWO antibody subclasses – IgM and IgG– and on FOUR viral antigens of COVID-19, which can shed light on the broad immune response of tested patients. 

 

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NOTE: Our test was developed and validated according to FDA EUA requirements. The independent review of this validation by the FDA is pending. This test does not require confirmation by the CDC prior to reporting results.

NOTE: We kindly advise that if you are sick or showing symptoms, that you do not come in for this test. Our COVID-19 antibodies panel is not intended for active COVID-19 testing.

ANTIBODY BLOOD TESTING FAQ:

What is an antibody/antigen test? Is it the same as testing to diagnose COVID-19?

Antibody/antigen tests, also known as serology tests, determine whether you had COVID-19 in the past and now have antibodies against the virus. A test to diagnose coronavirus determines if you currently have the disease.

When is antibody testing done and why is it important?

Antibody testing is done after full recovery from COVID-19. A benefit of antibody testing is that individuals who have recovered from the virus may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma. The plasma collected from these individuals could be used to treat others with severe disease and boost the receiver’s ability to fight the virus. 

How are antibody tests administered?

One of our Gentera medical personnel will take a blood sample, usually by a finger-prick or by drawing blood from a vein in the arm. The sample is then tested to determine whether the patient’s system has developed antibodies against COVID-19. 

What is the turnaround time for antibody testing?

Our median turnaround times have been approximately 48-72 hours once the sample is received by the laboratory. In some extreme cases of demand, delays may occur.

How accurate are antibody tests?

The timing and type of antibody test affects accuracy. If you are tested too early in the course of a COVID-19 infection the test may not detect antibodies. It is best to have this test done 14 days after the first negative you receive after being positive. 

What does it mean if I test positive for antibodies?

If test results show that you have antibodies, it indicates that you were likely infected with COVID-19 at some time in the past. It may also mean that you have some immunity. The World Health Organization cautions that there is not enough evidence on whether having antibodies means you’re protected against reinfection. The level of immunity and how long immunity lasts are not yet known. Ongoing studies will eventually reveal more data on this.

Is it possible to test negative yet actually be infected?

No COVID-19 test is 100% accurate. It is possible to test negative, yet, actually be infected (false-negative result). So it’s vital to continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as social distancing, until further notice.

I have symptoms that I think might be COVID-19. Should I get this test?

No. The antibody test is not used to diagnose active COVID-19 infections. It takes between one and three weeks after an infection for our bodies to develop antibodies.  If you have any concerning symptoms for COVID-19, we recommend having a Diagnostic RT-PCR Nasal Swab Test.

I think I had COVID-19 in the past and want to be a plasma donor, should I get this test?

Please contact your closest Gentera office  to discuss your eligibility to donate convalescent plasma. If you have already had COVID-19 antibody testing, tested positive, and are interested in donating plasma, please email info@genteramed.com with your name, phone number, the date you started having symptoms of the illness, and the date your antibody test was positive. If you are eligible, we will be able to help you to schedule a plasma donation.

What do I do if I'm interested in an antibody test?

Contact your closest GenteraMed office to discuss with one of our medical personnels your concerns to see if this test is right for you.

NOTE: Our test was developed and validated according to FDA EUA requirements. The independent review of this validation by the FDA is pending. This test does not require confirmation by the CDC prior to reporting results.

NOTE: We kindly advise that if you are sick or showing symptoms, that you do not come in for this test. Our COVID-19 antibodies panel is not intended for active COVID-19 testing.

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