What is the COVID antibody test?
At Rapid Care, we offer the rapid antibody test in Memphis, Germantown, and Winston-Salem. We serve all surrounding areas and strive to give patients an accurate diagnosis of their COVID-19 status.
The rapid COVID antibody test is a diagnostic test that determines a previous infection. Unlike the antigen and PCR tests which show active coronavirus infections, the antibody test tracks the presence of antibodies. When your body has been exposed to a virus (through vaccination or a previous infection), it begins to make antibodies to fight off the attack. These antibodies help prepare and protect your body from reinfection or severe symptoms.
How reliable is the rapid COVID antibody test?
Antibodies are detected via a blood sample from patients who have previously been infected or vaccinated against the coronavirus. This diagnostic test shows the body’s efforts or preparedness to fight off a new COVID infection.
Since it takes your body up to three weeks to make antibodies, a COVID antibody test should not be used to detect a current infection.
Patients who have been vaccinated or received a booster for COVID-19 may test positive on an antibody test. Additionally, antibody testing should not be used following COVID vaccination to determine immunity against the virus. The tool simply detects the presence of antibodies, not whether or not they will fully prevent an infection.
Who needs a rapid antibody test?
Patients who need to confirm if they have previously been exposed to COVID-19 should get a COVID antibody test. Regardless of the results of the rapid antibody test, patients should continue to take precautions to reduce the spread or prevent a viral infection.
Anyone who has symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 should get the RT-PCR or antigen tests to confirm an active infection. Please remember that the antibody test does not show the presence of an active COVID infection. This test cannot be used as a COVID test for travel.
Get a rapid COVID-19 antibody test in Memphis, Germantown, and Winston-Salem!
At Rapid Care, we specialize in COVID-19 testing to make sure our patients have an accurate diagnosis. We follow the highest performance standards using methods that are considered the gold standard in diagnostic testing. Patients receive their rapid antibody test results on the spot or the same day through our convenient online portal.
With COVID testing locations near the Memphis airport and in Winston-Salem, NC, we offer testing solutions for patients in all surrounding areas. Whether you need a rapid COVID test or a PCR test near me for travel, Rapid Care has your testing needs covered.
Schedule your rapid COVID-19 antibody test today!