Getting tested for COVID-19 is a nerve-wracking thing to do, but it’s more important than ever to be informed about your health. COVID-19 testing helps to identify cases, slow the spread, and flatten the curve. Did you know that there are two types of COVID-19 testing? Antibody testing and diagnostic testing both play an important role in battling COVID-19, but do you know the difference?
What Are Antibodies?
Antibodies are something that your body develops to protect against illness. Before your body can form antibodies, you have to be exposed to the illness at hand. Antibodies are the reason that most people only get the chicken pox once in their lifetime. After the first time, they develop antibodies to protect them in the future. your body can develop that same type of antibody against COVID-19! Unfortunately, doctors and scientists aren’t sure how long those antibodies last. Since COVID-19 is a virus, it can mutate and change over time, making your antibodies insufficient in protecting against newer strains of the virus.
How Does Antibody Testing Work?
Antibody testing is a simple blood draw that’s then sent to a private lab for testing. The testing looks for the presence of a specific protein in your immune system. The presence of that protein confirms that you have antibodies against COVID-19. If there’s no protein, then there’s no antibodies. You should not have antibody testing done if you’re currently suffering from COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
What is Diagnostic Testing?
Diagnostic testing refers to the “traditional” type of COVID-19 testing. This test is designed solely to diagnose current cases of COVID-19. Diagnostic testing is done using a nasal swab. Once the swab is sent to a lab, the patient typically has results within two days to confirm or deny the presence of COVID-19. Since diagnostic testing is done using a nasal swab and antibody testing is done using a blood test, one can not do the job of the other and vice versa.
COVID-19 Diagnostic Swab & Antibody Testing in Springfield & West Springfield, MA
Rather you need diagnostic or antibody testing, we can help! Our sanitized and socially distanced facility is filled with highly trained medical professionals equipped with PPE and all the tools they need to get you tested today! If you have any questions about the testing process, call before you arrive so we can answer them and reserve your spot in line.