The COVID-19 virus has taken our world by storm. While some people experience severe symptoms and others don’t even know they have it, it’s a serious respiratory illness that we as a country need to be aware of and work to prevent the spread as much as possible. That’s why our team at Covid Clinic has stepped up and created a variety of COVID-19 tests that not only test for the virus itself, but also for the antibodies and antigens associated with it.
In today’s blog, we will be discussing what our Rapid COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test is, how it works, and other helpful information to be aware of. Rest assured, all of our COVID-19 tests we offer have received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA. Visit our website for more information, and book an appointment online today!
What Is COVID-19, and What Are The Symptoms?
For starters, let’s cover what the COVID-19 virus is and common symptoms associated with it. Essentially, the COVID-19 virus is a respiratory illness that affects each person differently. Some people don’t seem to show any of the common symptoms, otherwise known as being asymptomatic, while others exhibit a variety of the symptoms and can become severely ill.
The symptoms include fever, chills, coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, headaches, a sore throat, and more. Click here to read a full list of symptoms. If you or someone you have been in contact with has exhibited any of those symptoms, it is highly recommended to get tested for the COVID-19 virus to protect the health of yourself and any people that you might come in contact with.
What Is The Rapid COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test?
When a virus or bacteria enters one’s system, the body’s first response is to detect the virus and begin to neutralize it as its natural defense mechanism. During this process, antibodies are created. There are two main antibodies that are created in response to the COVID-19 virus are IgG and IgM.
- The IgG antibody is the most common antibody that is found in blood and other bodily fluids. Its main purpose is to protect the body from infections from both bacterias and viruses.
- The IgM antibody is mostly found in blood and lymph fluid in one’s body. When one’s immune system first detects a virus or bacteria present, this is the first antibody that it creates to protect the body.
Our Rapid COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test helps to not only detect, but also differentiate the presence of the antibodies listed above in a specimen. If either of these antibodies are found in the sample, it is an indication that the person has contracted the virus and now has the antibodies to it.
How Does The Rapid COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test Work?
Now that you know what our Rapid COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test detects, let’s cover how the sample is received and tested. We use the Assure COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Device to obtain the sample to test. This draws blood from the patient, and provides the specimen needed to run the test. Once received, the test will begin to see if the IgG, IgM, or both antibodies are present in the sample. At most locations, patients typically receive their test results within 60 minutes of providing their sample.
Receiving Your Test Results
As mentioned above, you will generally receive your test results via email within 60 minutes of your test. When you receive your results, positive or negative, we at Covid Clinic highly recommend consulting with your primary health provider to take your test results into consideration with your medical history to determine the best plan of care.
Receiving a positive result means that it is possible that you either currently have the COVID-19 virus, or have had it in the past. This means that one or more antibodies was found in your sample, implying your body has created the antibody in response to being exposed to the virus.
Receiving a negative result means that the Rapid COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test did not detect antibodies in your sample. Keep in mind, it can take time for your body to detect and create the antibody against the virus. If you have experienced symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, or have come in contact with someone that tested positive, consult with your healthcare provider to determine if you should receive a different test and to determine how to protect yourself and others.
Frequently Asked Questions
We at Covid Clinic know you have questions, and we are here to provide you with as much information as we can for you to have a better understanding of our tests. Listed below are a few of the most commonly asked questions we receive from patients. If you have additional questions, feel free to explore our website as we have a host of information on there.
This test costs $75.
Most locations are able to provide test results via email within 60 minutes.
All of our tests at Covid Clinic have received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA. Click here for more information.
We use the Assure COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Device to draw a sample of your blood to run the test.
Schedule Your Rapid COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test Today!
Our Covid Clinic team is dedicated to providing our communities with the resources and information needed to navigate this global pandemic as safely as possible. By providing a variety of tests for people to take, we are able to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe and healthy. We have more than 65 testing sites across the country, with new locations opening frequently. From tests to detect the virus itself to tests that detect the antigens and antibodies associated with it, we have it all. Just find a testing site closest to you, and book a drive-through COVID-19 test online today! For more information about the different tests we offer, and to find the right test for you, check out our website!