Coronavirus COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are we doing COVID-19 antibody testing?
Q: Is this FDA approved?
A: This is FDA allowed.
There are no tests that have been fully vetted by the FDA at this time due to the novelty of the coronavirus. FDA approval is a long process that can take years to get full approval.
Q: If my test shows I have IgG antibodies, can I get the coronavirus again?
A: The hope is that you have developed some immunity to the virus. But more studies need to be done to establish that.
Q: Which test should I have?
A: The antibody test is a blood draw that looks for previous exposure. It is not appropriate for use when you are having symptoms. Please make sure you are symptom free for at least 10 days. It is not used to diagnose a current infection. We use a nasal swab to diagnose a current infection.
Q: How much does this cost?
A: That depends upon the type of Covid test requested; we will bill your insurance, and suggest you check with them as coverage for the testing has changed.
Q: What is the test?
A: SARS-CoV-2 Serology (COVID-19) Antibody (IgG), Immunoassay. This is not to be confused with the rapid finger prick test. The finger prick test is unreliable and not encouraged for use. Insurance potentially will not cover use of the finger prick test. We are hoping to get a more reliable finger prick test in the future, but those are not available at this time.
Q: What is the CPT code for the test?
Q: What is the brand of the test?
A: The blood draw is processed by Quest Diagnostics they are using the brands Abbot and EUROIMMUN. Here is a great handout regard the test. https://dam.abbott.com/…/20-351052-ADD-Serology-Antibody-In…
Q: Can I have my blood draw done in my car?
A: We are not doing blood draws in the cars unless there are special circumstances. It makes for a difficult draw in the cold weather and it can be awkward positioning. We are doing nasal swabs at the car.
Q: If I am sick, can I come into the building?
A: We are not allowing patients to be inside the building if they are ill. We will evaluate you at your car and treat you there.
Q: I would like to have this test done, what do I do?
A: If you have no symptoms at all, please come inside the clinic and we will take you as a walk-in, first come first serve. Once you have signed in at the clinic you have the ability to wait in your car until it is your turn to be seen or you can wait in the waiting room as long as you can maintain a safe distance from other patients. You also have the ability to book a place in line, this usually helps you to be seen a bit more promptly. Booking your place in line can be found on our website. This is not an appointment, but rather obtaining your place in line before you arrive. The demand for this test has been high and we are trying to see patients as quick and safe as possible.
Q: How effective is the test?
A: This test is processed by Quest, who is the leading diagnostic company in the country. It is the highest quality test that is currently available. The studies are not adequate at this time to give a definite sensitivity and specificity of the test. Initial tests showed it to be very accurate. More studies still need to be done to establish this completely.
Q: How long does it take to get results from the test?
A: We are getting results within 1-2 days depending on how busy Quest is.