Steps To Get Tested For COVID-19 Antibodies
- Visit your nearest MD Now location*—no appointment necessary*Non-COVID-19 designated clinics only
- We will take a blood sample
- We will call you with the results
You may have had COVID-19 with mild or even no symptoms and not even realized it. The IgG antibody test can help identify anyone who may have been exposed to or contracted SARS-CoV-2 or the Coronavirus and may have developed antibodies. Your IgG antibody status may help you be able to resume work and other daily activities. MD Now uses the best tests available so you can trust
Yes. In addition to our standard infection control protocols, which include sanitizing exam rooms and tablets between patients and sanitizing common areas regularly throughout the day, we have taken additional steps to protect our patients and staff which include:
The antibody test we use is a blood serum test to detect IgG antibodies. The medical assistant/phlebotomist will collect a blood sample through venipuncture and send the specimen to our partnering lab. The presence of IgG antibodies may mean a person has assumed immunity to COVID-19.
The immune system makes antibodies to protect the body from current or future infections, such as coronavirus. At MD Now, we test for the antibody, Immunoglobulin G (IgG), which protects against bacterial and viral infections. Detection of IgG antibodies in a blood serology test serves as a standard method to determine if a person has been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and developed specific antibodies to this infection.
IgG antibodies are detected days to several weeks after a person has been infected and may remain elevated for a significant period of time after. These long-term antibodies mean you were most likely exposed to COVID-19 in the past and may allow you to return to your normal daily activities.
Results are usually available within 72 hours but may take longer depending on demand and volume at the lab.
It usually takes approximately 10 days after the onset of symptoms for IgG antibodies to reach detectable levels. If you are no longer symptomatic, and would like to be tested, we encourage you to visit one of our many locations offering antibody testing.
The antibody test we are using has been submitted to the FDA for clearance under the Emergency Use Authorization statute and is currently being conducted under section IV.D of the Policy for Diagnostic Tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019. The FDA authorizes its use by highly-complex laboratories. The lab MD Now has partnered with is one of the top CLIA-certified labs in the US and uses the “gold standard” in serology testing. This is not one of the many unreliable tests that has flooded the market recently.
Online check-ins are a great way to let us know you are on your way. We will do our best to see you at your check in time, but patients with more emergent needs will require immediate treatment.OK