SUMMIT MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS & WELLNESS CLINICS
Are now offering the Covid-19 Antibody (Finger Prick) Rapid Testing
Tempe, Sun City, I-51 & Shea Clinics. Also available for on-site testing.
Antibody Testing for COVID-19
It’s possible to catch SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus, and not know it. That’s because not everyone infected with the virus has symptoms. But there’s a 10 minute, fast blood test that may tell you if you’ve ever been infected. It’s called an antibody test. Experts hope it can give health officials a better idea of how widespread this new coronavirus is.
What Is an Antibody Test?
You may hear it called a serology test. It looks for certain things called antibodies in your blood. Your body makes these when it fights an infection, like COVID-19. The same thing happens when you get a vaccine, like a flu shot. That’s how you develop immunity to a virus.
The antibody test isn’t checking for the virus itself. Instead, it looks to see whether your immune system -- your body’s defense against illness -- has responded to the infection.
How Does It Work?
You’ll have to give a small drop of blood through a finger prick. Doctors test for two kinds of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. They look for:
IgM antibodies, which develop early in an infection, and
IgG antibodies, which are more likely to show up later after you’ve recovered
It takes your body about 4 weeks to develop IgM antibodies. But scientists aren’t sure how long it’ll take for this to happen with SARS-CoV-2. More tests are needed to find out.
Keep in mind that current antibody tests can’t tell you if you’re immune to COVID-19. That's because we don't know how long these antibodies might protect you against the coronavirus. And these tests shouldn’t be used to diagnose the virus.
How Do They Help?
Antibody tests can show how common COVID-19 is. Once scientists know who has had the virus, they can find out how sick it makes most people. And they can study what happens if people who've had it are exposed to it again. When paired with other scientific information, this can help researchers understand who might be immune to the virus.
The hope is that people with antibodies to COVID-19 can safely get back to work, and normal life, quicker.
These tests may also help with an experimental treatment for COVID-19 called convalescent plasma. Plasma is the liquid part of your blood. Researchers are studying how antibodies in plasma donated by people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 might help those who are ill with the virus. One theory is that this plasma may help sick people get better faster. But more research is needed.
You can volunteer to donate plasma through the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project. Or ask your local blood donation center for information.
Who Should Get One?
If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and have fully recovered, or, sometime after December 2019 you exhibited any of the symptoms of flu, pneumonia, Coronavirus, etc. but were not diagnosed, or you believe you came in contact with anyone that had the virus, or believe you had the virus, you should consider getting your antibodies tested now.
The CDC, along with other private and public labs, is working to develop more tests for the public. Right now, the agency gave the OK for more than 70 companies to sell their tests. That means these tests aren’t FDA-approved, but the manufacturers promise to follow certain rules when making them.
Are They Accurate?
If you test positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, that usually means you’ve had COVID-19. But you may get a negative result if you’ve only had the virus a short time. And it’s possible to get exposed and not develop antibodies. You may also get a “false positive.” That means you have antibodies but had a different kind of coronavirus.
SHOULD YOU GET TESTED?
1 Have you been diagnosed with the Coronavirus?
2 Since December 2019, have you exhibited any of the symptoms or signs of illness, such as fever, sore throat, body soreness, flu, pneumonia, Coronavirus, etc., but were not diagnosed?
3 Did you come in contact with anyone that had the Coronavirus?
4 Do you believe you had the virus and were asymptomatic?
If you answered “YES” to any of the above,
CALL 480-306-4410 or TEXT 480-766-2836 for an appointment
· Appointments only
· Social distancing
· Bring ID with picture
· Must not have any symptoms for the prior 7 days
· $85 Payment required at registration for new clients
Testing Days & Locations:
Sun City Clinic: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays
Tempe Clinic: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays,
I-51 & Shea Office: Wednesdays 10 – noon (Cash Only)
Also Available – On-Site and Restaurant Staff Testing – Call for details
Appointments Available Within the Week
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