COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Know if you've (already) been exposed. Get back to life.
*Must not have had fever or cold symptoms within last 3 days
How It Works
(goodbye doctor visits)
1. Order A Lab Request
Answer a few questions and let the dr know where you’d like to go in to get tested
2. Our Doctors Review
Within 24 hours, a U.S. licensed physician will follow up by phone or secure chat and write a prescription (when safe and appropriate)
Who should be tested?
Anyone who believes they may have had a COVID-19 exposure or anyone with prior symptoms (cough, runny nose, congestion, fever) of COVID-19 and has been symptom free for at least 10 days.
What is COVID-19 antibody testing?
It is a blood test that checks for IgG antibodies that your immune system would develop if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have made an immune response. In general IgG antibodies are “protective” meaning a person who has them is considered to be immune.
How is that different than the nasal swab?
The nasal swab checks for an active infection by testing for the presence of the virus itself in your nose. The antibody testing is checking your blood to see if your immune system has been exposed to the virus previously and made (protective) antibodies against it.
Why get tested?
To know whether or not you personally have already been exposed to COVID-19 and have developed immunity. It is also extremely helpful for society to know who in the population has been infected and has developed immunity. This will potentially help guide policy decisions by knowing a more accurate number of cases that were mild or asymptomatic and what percent of society has developed immunity already.
Does this mean I can ignore social distancing guidelines if I have antibodies?
NO! Social distancing is very important to protect everyone and you could still potentially transmit COVID-19 on your hands, clothes or secretions even if you are immune internally. How accurate is the testing? It is 100% sensitive and 99% specific meaning if you test positive for having the antibodies it is extremely likely that you do.
Does this mean I am immune to COVID-19?
Maybe. It means you were exposed and your body has made antibodies, which are thought to be protective against future infection. That said, much is still not known and re-infection or loss of immunity is always a possibility. How long does my immunity last? This is unknown for COVID-19. For other viruses it typically lasts months to years.
How much does it cost?
Most medical insurances are covering the cost with a $0 copay. Make sure to provide Quest your insurance card and information when you go for your blood draw. This is very important. If you don’t have insurance, Quest may charge you up to $119, while there are $0 out-of-pocket or co-pay fees with LabCorp.
How do I get the results?
Are my results shared with anyone?
No! We will never share your results with anyone… Ever!