If you think you’ve had COVID-19 in the past, undergoing COVID-19 antibody testing can let you know if your body has naturally developed immunity to the illness. At Unifying Health Center, serving Sugar Land, Texas, and the surrounding Houston area, Yashash Pathak, MD, and his expert team offer in-house COVID-19 antibody testing that’s simple, fast, and painless. Call the office to schedule COVID-19 antibody testing or book an appointment online today.
COVID-19 antibody testing, also known as serology testing, is a diagnostic test that helps determine if you’ve previously been infected with the COVID-19 virus. It’s a simple blood test that can give you peace of mind knowing whether or not you’ve developed antibodies to COVID-19. Being immune to the virus means your risk of contracting it again is lower.
Antibodies are proteins that your body creates soon after getting vaccinated for or being infected with COVID-19.
To find out if you’re a candidate for COVID-19 testing, Dr. Pathak and his team review your medical history and current or past symptoms. He can complete a physical examination as needed to assess your overall health. If you have had recent symptoms, Dr. Pathak may recommend you take a COVID-19 test using a nasal swab instead of a blood test.
COVID-19 antibody testing is not used to diagnose a current COVID infection. Antibody tests might come back negative for antibodies if you’re currently infected with COVID-19 or if you’ve recently been infected. That’s because it can take between one and three weeks for your body to make enough antibodies to show up on the test. Wait at least 10 days after being diagnosed with COVID-19 to be tested for antibodies.
Symptoms of COVID-19, which may appear 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus, often include:
See a doctor right away if you experience shortness of breath or a very high or long-lasting fever.
COVID-19 antibody testing is a blood test, so you can expect a needle prick that allows your provider to test a sample of your blood. Your results might be ready the same day as you take the test or a day or two later, depending on which laboratory evaluates your blood sample.
If you’d like to find out if your body has COVID-19 antibodies using COVID-19 antibody testing, schedule an appointment with Unifying Health Center by phone or online today.