AFC Urgent Care Louisville is now offering COVID-19 antibody testing, known as SARS-CoV-2 AB. The test can detect past infection with coronavirus, with results available within 3-5 days.
Who can be tested?
Asymptomatic patients over the age of 10 without exhibiting a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 for at least fourteen days prior are eligible for antibody testing.
Differences Between COVID-19 Antibody Test & COVID-19 Molecular Testing
After an infection, your body will produce antibodies, which are detectable on a blood test. However, an antibody test will not be able to detect a live infection. A molecular test, performed using a nasal swab, will be able to detect the active COVID-19 virus and can be used for diagnostic purposes.
What should I know about my results?
Regardless of the results of your antibody test, it is critical to continue following state and local guidelines regarding health and safety, including social distancing and wearing protective face coverings when out in public.
A positive antibody test indicates that you have been exposed to coronavirus. Research is still being conducted as to whether that indicates an immune protection against COVID-19; however, no formal conclusion has been made by the CDC or WHO.
A negative result from an antibody test indicates that you have not been exposed to COVID-19 enough to build an immune response to it. However, you may have also been exposed to the virus within the previous 10 days, without your body having time to develop antibodies against it.
For more information about antibody testing, including the current decisions on how information and data from antibody testing is being interpreted or the level of protection antibodies provide you against further infection of COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
This test is not currently approved by the FDA, but the FDA has approved it for Emergency Use Authorization at this time.
Coronavirus Antibody Testing in Louisville, Boulder & Superior, CO
If you are interested in undergoing coronavirus antibody testing, visit AFC Urgent Care Louisville! Antibody testing is performed on asymptomatic patients seven days a week. For questions, please call 720-961-9700.