Covid Antibody Testing
Test whether you are IMMUNE to COVID
When someone is infected with a Virus (or any other infectious agent), their body’s immune system produces antibody to fight against the infection. Same goes with COVID-19 infection, which triggers our immune system to produce antibodies to fight against it. Now, these antibodies last in the body for several months to years. In line with this theory, detection of such antibodies gives you a clear picture of your current immune status.
No, RT-PCR test is a confirmatory test for diagnosing infection. Antibody test is only used to check your immune status against the infection. The two are totally different.
It means that you must have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 sometime back with or without your knowledge and now your body has developed immunity against the infection and you are having antibodies. It gives a confidence that your body has power to face it.
It means that you have not come in exposure to SARS-CoV-2 virus so far.
It is priced at Rs. 750/- . It includes home collections in major cities in India. Please contact us for bulk discounts if your employer or your housing society wants us to conduct in bulk.
If you are positive for antibody and if you are also not having symptoms, it may indicate that you had encountered it and you managed it well. However, if you have symptoms related to COVID you must meet your doctor for a need of a PCR test.
As of now, we do IgG since ICMR has focused on that. However ICMR also has approved Total Antibody Kits, which are highly automated and there by eliminate manual errors that are involved in IgG ELISA. We allow the customer to choose in case he has knowledge, while default is IgG estimation.
Of course. Thyrocare is offering COVID-GT profile, which tests both IgG and Total antibody individually and it is priced at Rs. 1200. In this, when both are positive, it is doubly sure that it is positive, and negative when both the tests are negative. However thre are 2% chances where one is positive and the other is negative – that can be called as indeterminate and we advise to repeat for a month. The cost includes home collections in major cities in India.
No, it can be self referred. Also no need for fasting. What we need is 2ml blood. Please note, it is not a swab test.
If you have symptoms, you must consult your doctor for a need of a PCR test
If I am diagnosed as COVID positive in RT-PCR test already Can I do this test to check if I am negative or not?
No. To understand whether infection has got cleared from your body, you will have to go for RT-PCR test only. Antibody test is only used to check your immune status against the infection.
It can be done for children. But it is best to consult your pediatrician.
No, fasting requirement. No specific diet recommendation.
If result is positive – Does it guarantee the immunity against COVID-19 in future, if yes, till what duration?
As long as you have high level of antibody in your body, you are immune to re-infection. Research is going on to understand how long the antibody levels persist in the body and what are the chances of secondary infection.
It says you have not yet come in contact with SARS-CoV-2 virus. All general safety measures should be followed.