Who can be tested for coronavirus antibodies?
Patients who have been asymptomatic for at least fourteen days, not exhibiting a cough, fever, body aches or congestion, are eligible for antibody testing.
Is there a difference between antibody testing and diagnostic testing?
Yes. Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is performed via a nasal swab and can detect the active virus in symptomatic patients. Antibody testing is performed on asymptomatic patients and can detect antibodies developed from a past infection.
What your results mean?
A positive antibody test result indicates exposure to coronavirus, most likely COVID-19 due to the limited exposure of others during this time. Your body has developed antibodies against the virus, however research is still being conducted to determine whether or not that indicates immunity to further infection.
A negative result indicates that you have not been exposed to coronavirus, or that you have been exposed in the very recent past and your body has not had the opportunity to develop an immune response yet.
It is important to continue following local health and safety guidelines, including social distancing, wearing a mask or face covering in public and avoid crowds and gatherings. Please check the CDC website for regular updates on how antibody testing is being interpreted.