COVID-19 antibody testing provides a quick and convenient way to determine if you’ve had the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). At Live Urgent Care, Browlyn Marquez, MSN, FNP-C, APN, offers both on-site COVID-19 antibody testing and mobile COVID-19 antibody testing. To schedule an appointment at the Princeton, Bellmawr, Somerset, Morris Plains, or Sayreville, practice, call, walk-in during regular business hours, or book online today.
COVID-19 antibody testing, or serology testing, is a blood screen that determines if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past.
Instead of diagnosing a current infection, antibody testing analyzes your blood for antibodies, proteins that defend your immune system from potentially harmful invaders. Following infection with the novel coronavirus, it takes between two and three weeks for your body to create antibodies. Because COVID-19 is so new, experts aren’t entirely sure how long the antibodies last or provide protection.
Live Urgent Care recommends you undergo COVID-19 antibody testing if:
To set up an appointment, call the nearest location or book online using the scheduling tool.
Live Urgent Care offers both on-site COVID-19 antibody testing and mobile COVID-19 antibody testing:
During an on-site COVID-19 antibody test, your doctor pricks one of your fingers and collects a blood sample. They send your sample to a laboratory to determine if you’ve developed antibodies against the novel coronavirus.
Mobile testing is very similar to on-site testing. The only real difference is that a team member from Live Urgent Care visits your home or workplace. Once they arrive, they take a sample of your blood and send it to a laboratory to determine if you’ve developed antibodies against the novel coronavirus.
In the majority of cases, Live Urgent Care provides results within 15 minutes of your initial test. Your results can be:
A positive result means there are COVID-19 antibodies in your blood. Even if you’ve never experienced symptoms of COVID, it’s possible to receive a positive antibody test. Researchers estimate that about 20% of people with COVID-19 experience no symptoms whatsoever.
If you receive a negative COVID-19 antibody test, it means you likely haven’t been infected. Because it typically takes three or four weeks for antibodies to appear, false negatives are possible.
Don’t wait to schedule a COVID-19 antibody test at Live Urgent Care. Book online, or call the nearest office today.