AFC Urgent Care Danbury is performing COVID-19 antibody testing on asymptomatic patients without an appointment. The test requires a blood draw, with results available in 4-7 business days, depending on lab capacity or any unforeseen circumstances. Antibody testing can detect a past infection with coronavirus and possibly provide immunity to prevent reinfection. Be sure to wear a mask when you visit any one of our Danbury AFC Urgent Cares for antibody testing.
***Disclaimer: Certain insurers may require a copayment. When coming into our center, please bring a valid Government issued ID when coming to our center.
Who can be tested for coronavirus antibodies?
Many public health organizations are using antibody tests to determine the full scope of COVID-19 infections among both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Specifically, Antibody tests can provide a patient that is asymptomatic with an even more accurate COVID-19 diagnosis than standard testing. AFC Urgent Care’s IgG antibody test may be especially useful for people without symptoms, including healthcare workers and essential workers.
Patients who have been asymptomatic for at least fourteen days, not exhibiting a cough, fever, body aches or congestion, are eligible for antibody testing. At the individual level, patients can walk-in to get tested with no appointment necessary at any of our 3 Danbury AFC Urgent Care centers.
I’ve heard there are different types of serology antibody tests. Which one does AFC Urgent Care Danbury perform?
At AFC Urgent Care Danbury, we perform the specific and accurate based serology test.This is a more sophisticated test, performed in a highly complex laboratory, called ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay). This test is highly specific and accurate for COVID-19. It is performed by obtaining blood in a vial and sending to a high complexity laboratory to perform. AFC Urgent Care’s IgG antibody test may be especially useful for people without symptoms, including healthcare workers and essential workers.
The second type of serology test is a Cartridge based Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG which is performed by obtaining a blood sample with a finger stick and it generates results within 15-20 minutes. However, the majority of currently available Rapid Cartridge based tests are not very specific and accurate to COVID-19.
When should you get the Antibody test?
The CDC recommends getting tested for antibodies 9-14 days after illness onset. Most people will develop an IgG response in that timeframe.
*If there is evidence that a patient may have active disease, we will do a Nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19 PCR testing.
What Is the difference between antibody testing and diagnostic testing?
Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is performed via a nasal swab and can detect the active virus in symptomatic patients. It is administered by obtaining a sample from a nasopharynx or oropharynx or nasal cavity with a swab in patients who have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. The result informs us whether or not you currently have COVID-19 disease.
The antibody serology test detects the presence of a specific antibody against Coronavirus. It is administered by drawing blood once you meet the criteria and blood is sent to a highly sophisticated lab to perform this test. Presence of IgG antibody indicates a previous COVID-19 exposure. The process includes a detailed history of the patient and a medical evaluation by a health care provider to decide which type of test is needed. Some patients may need either COVID-19 PCR or Serology IgG and others may require both.
What do your results from the Antibody test mean?
A positive antibody test result indicates past exposure to a 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.
According to the CDC, If you receive a positive antibody result, but don’t have symptoms of COVID-19 or have not been around someone who may have COVID-19, you are not likely to have a current infection. You may then continue with normal activities, including work, but still take steps to protect yourself and others, as implications of the antibody protections are still somewhat unknown.
A negative result indicates that you have not been exposed to a 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, washing hands often, 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.
Why you should get the antibody serology test at AFC Urgent Care Danbury
AFC Urgent Care serves the greater Danbury area and is here to help with FDA approved COVID-19 testing. Our Serology testing and Diagnostic testing is available to all essential workers, friends and families in the Danbury community. Knowing IgG status helps give individuals and their healthcare providers insight for a more informed decision about returning to work and activity in Connecticut. Although there isn’t a vaccine yet, getting tested is the first step to keep Connecticut COVID-19 free and to help resume day to day activities in the future. Getting tested provides a timeline for safe returns to the workplace, schools, and public spaces.
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