Rapid Antibody Test

The COVID-19 antibody test measures the IgM and IgG “immunoglobin” or “antibody” in an individual’s blood for COVID.  Approximately two drops of blood are required to perform the antibody test.  The blood is obtained by administering a finger poke.  You may experience slight discomfort during this process.  In addition, there is a minor risk of infection at the site of the puncture.  In the event of a suspected infection at the puncture site, clean the area, treat it with topical antibiotic and cover it with a band aid.  If the site does not improve, consult your primary care physician.

Upon obtaining the sample, it is placed in a test cassette for processing.  The test results are generally available within fifteen (15) minutes.  Like all laboratory testing, there is a risk of an inaccurate result.  While we feel confident in the testing data, this is a new test that has not yet been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration and the results are not guaranteed.

The Food and Drug Administration requires any medical professional administering the COVID-19 qualitative screen test to ensure individuals receiving the test understand the following:

  • This antibody test being used has not been reviewed by the FDA
  • Negative results do not rule out the SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with molecular diagnostics should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals.
  • Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis of diagnose to exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status.
  • Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.

If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19, we recommend that this result be confirmed using a nasal swab.  You agree and acknowledge that your test results may be reported to various government agencies, including the county Health Department.   The possible benefits of this test are that the results can help your medical provider make informed recommendations about your care, and the results may help to limit the spread of COVID-19 to your family and others in your community.

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