All of the information regarding Covid tests, vaccinations, boosters, and how to protect yourself is constantly changing. Here at Polmed Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic, we are always available to update you on the latest information and how you can ensure you are on top of everything. We can explain if you have questions regarding Covid antibody testing in Safety Harbor and whether you need it!
What Are Antibodies?
Antibodies play a crucial role in the immune system for your body’s natural defense. The antibodies you have protect you from harmful substances like bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders that could cause harm or sickness.
Your immune system detects antigens (proteins) on cell surfaces. Early on in life, the immune system learns how to identify our own body’s proteins on cell surfaces and ignores the antigens.
What Are Covid-19 Antibody Tests?
These are blood tests that look for the IgG antibody in the blood. This is the antibody that marks various pathogen cells for destruction. If you have been exposed to the virus that causes Covid-19, your body’s immune system will have produced the Covid-19 IgG antibodies.
It does take time for your body’s immune system to develop IgG antibodies, so you cannot have the test taken too early. Studies have shown that more than 90% of people diagnosed with Covid-19 produce the IgG antibody approximately 14 days from the beginning of the illness.
What Happens During the Test?
A blood sample gets retrieved from your arm just like a normal draw. After the sample gets taken, it is sent to a pathology lab for further testing. A positive antibody test shows you have either had or have been exposed to Covid-19, and your immune system now has the antibodies to respond to it.
Polmed Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic is here to discuss your questions regarding Covid antibody testing in Safety Harbor. Call us at (727) 339-2054.
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