COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Test (Same Day Result)
What is the COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Test?
This test will help assess if you have antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19. Your blood sample will be tested for immunoglobulin (IgM & IgG). This test detects IgG and IgM antibodies that usually start developing within 14 to 21 days after infection. The blood sample will be obtained via fingerstick.
An antibody test may not show if you have a current COVID-19 infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. People with signs and symptoms who are suspected of COVID-19 may choose one of our diagnostic tests listed above.
What does it mean if I have a positive test result?
If you have a positive antibody test result, it is possible that you have had recent or prior COVID-19 infection and that you have developed an antibody response (immunity) to the virus. However, there is also the small possibility that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result).
If someone has mounted antibodies to the COVID-19 virus:
- IgM positive result indicates that the infection is recent or active, and you could still be infectious to others.
- IgG positive result indicates that the person has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, at some point in the past and presumed to have mounted a long-lasting immune response and recovered from the virus. *
- Both IgM and IgG positive results may indicate that the person is starting to build immunity but may not be fully recovered. *
* Please note that although these antibodies probably provide some immunity to the COVID-19 virus, there's currently not enough evidence to know how long the antibodies last or to what extent past infection with the virus helps protect you from getting another infection. Though rare, there are some confirmed and suspected cases of re-infection.
Whether you test positive or negative for COVID-19 on a viral or an antibody test, you still should take steps to protect yourself and others.
What does it mean if I have a negative test result?
A negative test result means that the antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample. However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID-19. A negative result may occur if you are tested early in your illness and your body hasn’t had time to produce antibodies to infection. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test is negative.
When will I have my Rapid Antibody test result texted?
Results will be texted within 2 hours of your testing. Please note that we do not charge an administrative fee for same day result texting. We also kindly ask you to contact us in case you do not receive your result via text message on time.
Does insurance pay 100% for the test?
Your insurance will be billed if you have an exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or a suspected exposure to COVID-19.
This test is covered 100% via the CARES Act, however, we cannot guarantee that your insurance will follow the CARES Act Federal Guidelines. In our claims experience, as of today, insurances have been paying if you meet the above criteria. Although, you will be responsible for any uncovered amounts. Please provide your medical insurance card(s) to staff.
If you are getting tested for general screening purposes: full payment of $180 will be due prior to specimen collection.
For in-person payment, cash is preferred.
If I don’t have insurance, what amount do I pay?
If you do not have insurance, the federal government will cover the cost of the test under the HRSA program.
Is this test FDA-approved or cleared?
No. This test is not yet approved or cleared by the United States FDA. When there are no FDA approved or cleared tests available, and other criteria are met, FDA can make tests available under an emergency access mechanism called an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).