How Do Antibody Tests Diagnose COVID-19?

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At University Urgent Care, we offer quick access to treatment of mild illnesses or minor injuries as well as COVID-19 testing. Our urgent care in Fort Worth, TX works hard to maintain the best possible cleanliness in our facility to ensure our staff and patients stay as healthy as possible. We follow all CDC guidelines closely at our urgent care clinic so you can have peace of mind when you need to visit us for a test for coronavirus.

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus spread through droplets in the air from someone that is infected. These droplets can enter the mouth, nose, or eyes to infect another person. Our diagnostic COVID-19 testing is performed on individuals with coronavirus symptoms or who may have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed recently.

What are common coronavirus symptoms?

Those infected with coronavirus often experience many different symptoms, while others don’t experience any. Some of the most common symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sore throat

  • Chills

  • Fever

  • Sudden loss of taste or smell

  • Diarrhea

When you’re experiencing common coronavirus symptoms, you should be tested immediately at our Fort Worth, TX urgent care center.

Types of COVID-19 tests

There are two types of tests we use to test for coronavirus in Fort Worth, TX:

  1. Viral testing: This test looks for an existing infection. We use a nasal swab to collect a sample from the back of your nose or upper throat. This test is used for those who may be currently infected and thus contagious. The virus can be detected about 2 – 3 days after initial exposure.

  2. Antibody testing: Antibody testing determines if you had coronavirus previously based on antibodies found in your blood. We will take a sample of your blood where we look for immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies. The presence of either antibody tells us if your body has fought off coronavirus and if you’re a carrier. However, it doesn’t detect antibodies until at least ten days after exposure. Most insurance providers cover this test.

At University Urgent Care, you don’t have to return to our urgent care center for your COVID-19 antibody test results as we will call you with them. We recommend you self-quarantine until you receive your results, so you don’t infect others unknowingly.

Why you should have an antibody test

Antibody testing for COVID-19 may be done when:

  • You have had symptoms of COVID-19, but weren’t tested

  • You are about to have a medical procedure done

  • You have had COVID-19 in the past and want to donate plasma, the part of the blood that contains antibodies that can help treat those with severe cases

When you’re interested in having a COVID-19 antibody test, contact University Urgent Care.

What does a positive antibody test for COVID-19 mean?

A positive antibody test means that a person has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the past. It does not mean that they are currently infected and contagious. Antibodies start developing anywhere from one to three weeks after infection. An antibody test is not used to diagnose someone with an active infection. Those who receive positive results and are sick or have been around someone with COVID-19 should follow CDC recommendations for self-quarantine.

How to stop the spread of COVID-19

There are many ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including:

  1. Cleaning your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol or more.

  2. Avoid close contact with sick individuals.

  3. Maintain at least six feet between you and others.

  4. Wear a mask when around others, especially those outside of your household.

  5. Get a COVID-19 test when you’ve been exposed or have signs of coronavirus.

  6. Quarantine when you suspect you may be sick while waiting for your coronavirus test results.

  7. Stay home as much as possible, as the less interaction you have with others will lower your risk of contracting coronavirus.

Get an antibody test for coronavirus today

At University Urgent Care, we offer urgent care COVID testing for active infections of COVID-19 as well as an antibody test. We are conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX and serve the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods respectively. We offer virtual health visits to treat patients without the need to visit our urgent care center. This significantly helps us protect our patients and staff from possible exposure to coronavirus.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.