What is Covid-19 Antibody Rapid Testing?
Covid-19 Antibody tests are used to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 virus . These tests are conducted to see if you have previously had the virus.
The test works by taking a finger blood sample and testing for the presence of antibodies (IgG and IgM) to see if you have developed an immune response to the virus.
Antibody tests differ to virus swab (PCR) tests, which test to see if you currently have the virus and these can be undertaken for free via the local NHS Testing Facilities.
The Covid-19 antibody test takes under two minutes to perform and it only takes a further 10-20 minutes for the results which will be sent to you will via email.
Why Should I Get a Covid-19 Antibody Test?
The CDC says it is “very uncommon” for a patient get COVID-19 more than once.
Experts are largely in agreement that those who have contracted Covid-19 will have some form of short term immunity because their body will have developed protective antibodies to help fight off the infection.
It is possible to pick up positive Covid-19 antibody IgM results for up to five months after the initial symptoms of COVID developed.
IgM is most useful for determining recent infection as it usually becomes undetectable weeks to months following infection, while IgG may remain detectable for months or years.
When Can I Get Tested For Covid-19 Antibodies?
Testing should be undertaken 14 days or more following exposure to someone with the Coronavirus or the onset of your own flu like symptoms.
The incubation period of COVID-19 ranges from between 1 to 10 days, with the majority of cases showing with symptoms at 5-7 days.
Antibodies only show up in the blood stream 14 days after your first COVID-19 symptoms.
You may be wondering how long the antibody can be detected for after infection.
This varies depending on the severity of the initial illness and your symptoms of COVID-19.
How Sensitive is the Covid-19 Antibody Test?
The tests used by Ireland Aesthetics have an accuracy rate of over 98%.
In clinical trials, 127 COVID positive patients were tested 7 days after being clinically diagnosed by PCR and CT.
Among the 127 clinically confirmed samples, 125 were detected by the test, with a positive detection rate (sensitivity) of 98.43%.
Of the 145 clinically negative samples, 144 were detected by the test, and the negative coincidence test rate was 99.31%.
The Covid-19 Antibody Rapid Test detects both IgM and IgG.
IgM is most useful for determining recent infection as it usually becomes undetectable weeks to months following infection. IgG may remain detectable for months or years after infection of Covid-19.
Do I Need to Isolate if I Have a Positive IgG Result?
No, IgG antibodies develops in most patients within seven to 10 days after symptoms of COVID-19 begin and remains at detectable level for 6-8 weeks after infection.
IgG antibodies may offer protection against a secondary infection and may be detected after secondary exposure to the virus after an initial infection.
This is nothing to be concerned about, but it demonstrates that the client has been exposed to the virus in the last 6-8 weeks.
Do I Need to Isolate if I Have a Positive IgM Result?
IgM is usually the first antibody produced by the immune system when a virus attacks.
A positive IgM test indicates that you have been exposed to Covid-19 in the last 5-7 days and that your immune system has started responding to the virus.
When IgM is detected you may still be infected, or you may have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection.
It is recommended you book a PCR antigen test and self isolate until you receive the results.
What is the Cost of Covid-19 Antibody Testing?
Ireland Aesthetics is the first and only private clinic in Northern Ireland to offer the Covid-19 Antibody Rapid Testing facility.
The cost of the Covid-19 Antibody Testing is £125 and includes results via email.
For every person undertaking a Covid-19 Antibody Rapid Test, Ireland Aesthetics are offering a £10 discount off Vitamin C, B and B12 Booster Injections to help protect and aid your immune system in these uncertain times.
Vitamin Booster Injections C, B and B12 are now only £25 and this offer is valid for everyone undertaking a Covid-19 Antibody Rapid Test at Ireland Aesthetics.
How Will I Get My Results?
All results are sent to you via email.
You should receive these within 30 minutes however ‘Pop-Up’ clinics may experience a delay in internet connectivity in which case results may be extended to 2 hours.
The clinical team will advise of the wait on the day of testing.