If you’ve been infected with COVID-19 but never received testing, an antibody test can determine if you were previously affected. UrgentMed in Davie and Plantation, Florida, provides COVID-19 antibody testing, or serology testing, to detect antibodies in your blood. To safely find out if you have antibodies to help protect against the COVID-19 infection, call UrgentMed or schedule an appointment online today.
COVID-19 is an infection that develops from the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. While this potentially deadly infection isn’t serious in all cases, it can cause severe respiratory problems, such as coughing and shortness of breath. When left untreated, COVID-19 can lead to pneumonia.
Antibody testing detects the presence of antibodies in your blood. Antibodies are proteins that help ward off infection and protect you against that specific disease in the future. For example, if you have antibodies against chickenpox, it’s not likely that you’ll become infected again.
A serology test can help UrgentMed determine whether you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 in the past. A positive result may mean you had the infection and just didn’t know it, while a negative result can tell the team if you’ve not yet been exposed to COVID-19.
Because COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus infection, experts aren’t sure how the disease is changing. Antibodies won’t guarantee your protection if the virus changes. However, antibodies against COVID-19 can help protect you against that particular variation of the disease. For many diseases like COVID-19, antibodies can even offer full immunity against future infection.
There is currently no vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but serology testing gives public health experts vital information on how COVID-19 responds to antibodies. Not only is this important for public health data, but it also provides you with added protection against reinfection.
Experts don’t currently know if you can get COVID-19 again; if you’ve already had it, most respiratory illnesses do offer partial protection against the virus. This means that if you become reinfected with COVID-19, your symptoms should be less severe than they were the first time.
It’s important to note that a COVID-19 antibody test is not the same as a virus test. It does not detect the presence of the active virus. If you’re showing symptoms of COVID-19, such as coughing, wheezing, or loss of taste or smell, seek medical attention immediately.
UrgentMed can perform serology testing by taking a sample of your blood. Unlike a COVID-19 test, which takes a sample through the nose, an antibody test is a safe, simple test that detects the presence of antibodies in your blood.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was passed by Congress on March 18, 2020, stipulates that Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance plans must cover COVID-19 testing, testing-related services, and all medically necessary treatment.
Yes, under the Presumptive Eligibility (PE) measure that went into effect on April 8, 2020, individuals in California, can access COVID-19 testing, testing-related services, and all medically necessary treatments, regardless of their income, immigration status, or insurance coverage.
If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and want to take a serology test, call UrgentMed or book an appointment online today.