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Covid-19 Antibody Test

Covid-19 Antibody Test

The London House Of Wellbeing is pleased to announce the introduction of a Covid-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test.

We are solely using this test for people who want to know whether they have produced antibodies to the Corona Virus.

We are not using this test to detect whether a patient has Covid-19.

 

Antibody testing

Antibody tests are used to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 virus to see if it's likely that you have had the virus before.

The test works by taking a blood sample and testing for the presence of antibodies to see if you have developed an immune response to the virus.

Antibody tests differ to virus swab tests, which tests to see if you currently have the virus. An antibody test cannot test if you currently have the virus.

There is no strong evidence yet to suggest that those who have had the virus develop long-lasting immunity that would prevent them from getting the virus again.

We'd like to give you some information on COVID-19 testing:

  • COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (a type of coronavirus)

  • The antibody blood test detects IgG and IgM antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus from a blood sample.

  • An antibody is a protein the body produces to help fight infection. It's present in the late stages of an infection and may remain for months and possibly years after recovery.

  • It has a specificity of 100%. This means that if the result is positive, COVID-19 antibodies are present.

  • It has a sensitivity of 91%. This means that out of 100 people who have COVID-19 antibodies, 91 will test positive but 9 will test negative (a false negative). False negatives can be due to low levels of the antibody at different stages of the infection.

  • Detecting these antibodies will tell you if you were previously infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus but it can't tell whether you're immune to COVID-19.

If I have a positive result for antibodies, am I immune from COVID-19?

No, unfortunately, testing positive for antibodies doesn't mean you're immune from COVID-19.

A positive result for antibodies:

  • Means you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past

  • Doesn't mean you're completely immune

  • Doesn't mean you cant spread the virus to other people

If you test positive for antibodies you still need to follow social distancing guidelines and the restrictions in your local area.

Before coming or enquiring about the Covid Test. Please answer these questions: