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COVID-19 antibody test

Coronavirus antibodies

The Coronavirus antibody test is used to check the blood for unique signs of immunity against the disease. It contains a small lancet device that lets you take a blood sample from the finger.

When you buy the Coronavirus Antibody test online, you’ll receive your sample collection kit in one working day. Samples are analysed at our partner pathology lab, and we’ll send you an SMS and email to let you know when your result is ready.

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COVID-19 Antibody Test

Finger prick blood test for antibodies to COVID-19.

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The Coronavirus antibody test is used to check the blood for unique signs of immunity against the disease. It contains a small lancet device that lets you take a blood sample from the finger.

When you buy the Coronavirus Antibody test online, you’ll receive your sample collection kit in one working day. Samples are analysed at our partner pathology lab, and we’ll send you an SMS and email to let you know when your result is ready.

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Product information

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) IgG antibody test is used to examine a sample of blood to identify the presence of antibodies for this particular virus. This type of test does not look for the virus itself; instead it looks to see whether the body has produced an immune response to the virus. The presence of antibodies shows that the person has been exposed to the virus before. 

How does the Coronavirus antibody test work?

It’s a lab test, so you’ll collect your blood sample at home and send this back to our lab to be analysed. When you order a sample collection kit from us, you’ll receive it in one working day. In this kit will be a postage paid, self-addressed envelope for you to send your sample back. Blood analyses are usually turned around in 1-3 days at our partner lab, so provided you do not delay collecting and returning your sample, you can expect to receive your result in just five working days from ordering the test.

How reliable is the test?

All antibody tests have to go through rigorous approval tests to check sensitivity and specificity to ensure there is only a very small chance of error. The test is thought to be over 99% accurate at detecting antibodies from 14 days after the onset of symptoms.

The quick finger-prick lancet device makes for easy and accurate sample collection. 

Our partner pathology lab is one of the largest in the UK and also processes tests for public health providers.

Where did Coronavirus (COVID-19) come from?

Coronaviruses are viruses that typically only infect animals. The 2020 global pandemic has been caused by a strain known as COVID-19 which has been transmitted from animals to humans. It can cause a number of symptoms including a fever, a dry persistent cough, fatigue and a general feeling of being unwell. 

The majority of people who get COVID-19 will make a full recovery without the need for treatment. But in some cases it can lead to more severe symptoms, including breathing problems, and some people go on to develop pneumonia. More serious cases require hospital admission and ventilator support. Treatments are being explored in different countries, but there’s no universally recognised medication that’s known to suppress the virus, and currently no vaccine.

What does the Coronavirus antibody test show?

It’s an IgG antibody test that can tell you if you’ve been infected with Sars-CoV-2 (COVID-19) before.

This strain of coronavirus is new, so we don’t know for certain whether previous infection with the virus means someone is immune (and if it does, how long this immunity lasts for). At the moment, it is thought that people who have the infection are less likely to get it again, but even if you test positive for antibodies you should still exercise caution. That means continuing to follow government guidelines on handwashing, social distancing and isolation if you or anyone in your household develops symptoms.

Can I buy the Coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody test online? 

Yes. When you order your sample collection kit from our UK pharmacy, you can expect to receive it in one working day by secure courier. We work with a UK accredited laboratory in order to provide a safe and accurate testing service for our patients.

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Page last reviewed:  22/05/2020
Contents

In your sample collection kit for this test, you’ll receive:

  • a set of instructions
  • a return form
  • a name label
  • a moist wipe
  • two plasters
  • a blood collection tube
  • one protective packing wallet
  • an alcotip swab (with a spare)
  • and one lancet (with two spares).

Contact your provider if anything is missing from your sample collection kit.

Page last reviewed:  22/05/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

COVID-19 antibody test

Directions

With all tests, it is important to follow the sample collection instructions carefully. Once you have placed an order for a sample collection kit you will receive a confirmation email with important information about the test, please make sure you read it before completing the test. 

This test is able to detect antibodies from 14 days after the development of symptoms. If you take the test before this, the result might be less accurate. So if you suspect you have or have had coronavirus, you should wait until at least 14 days after the onset of symptoms before collecting your sample.

  • Ideally, you should take a sample from the little finger on the hand you use less frequently. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water. 
  • You may find it easier to draw a sample if you soak your hands in warm water for a few minutes beforehand.
  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel.
  • Clean the end of the finger with an alcotip swab and dry with a clean tissue. 
  • Remove a lancet out of its packet and twist the cap off. 
  • Make sure you are standing up. 
  • Place the lancet on the side of the finger and press firmly into the skin. This action should produce a small droplet of blood. 
  • Remove the first droplet with a clean tissue. 
  • Hold your hand so that the punctured finger is facing downwards and if needed massage it to get the blood flowing. 
  • The blood should flow into the collection tube until it reaches the upper of the two lines marked on the side. 
  • If you can’t get enough blood from the site, try doing the same with the little finger on the opposite hand.
  • Fasten the lid on to the collection tube, and invert between five and 10 times.
  • Use the plaster(s) provided to cover the puncture site on your finger(s).
  • Affix your label to the tube as shown on the diagram.
  • Insert the tube into the wallet, and then insert this wallet into the test kit box along with any used components.
  • Insert the test kit box and the request form into the envelope and seal.
  • Post back at your earliest convenience.
  • Due to high demand, turnaround time for results following receipt of your sample at our lab is currently around 2-3 days.
  • Your results will be sent into our secure system, and you’ll be asked to login to your patient area to view your result when ready.

If you have difficulty collecting a sample yourself, we recommend making an appointment with your local nurse or GP for further help, and taking your sample collection kit with you.

If you have any questions about taking a sample or how the test works, you can contact our team by telephone on 0207 043 0716, through the messaging facility in your patient area, or via email at customercare@treated.com.  

Page last reviewed:  22/05/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

COVID-19 antibody test

Q&A

Is it reliable?

Yes. The test has a sensitivity of over 99% and specificity of over 97%, according to the manufacturer. 

How does it work?

When you order the COVID-19 antibody test online, you’ll receive everything you need to collect a blood sample at home. You can then send your sample to our lab by post, in the self-addressed envelope provided. Then it’s just a case of waiting for your result.

Where is the sample analysed?

Our pathology partners are one of the largest labs in the UK. They also process tests for the NHS.

How will I be notified?

We’ll send you an email and a text message to let you know your result is ready. You’ll then need to log in to your secure patient area to see this.

When will my result be ready?

Tests are turned around at the lab within 1-3 days, so as long as you send your sample back promptly, the whole process of ordering a kit and getting a result should take less than a week.

What kind of sample do I have to give for the test?

A small sample of blood from the fingertip. 

Will it hurt?

The finger lancet device may feel like a small scratch or pinch. 

How accurate is the COVID-19 antibody test?

This particular test is thought to be over 99% effective at detecting antibodies to Coronavirus from 14 days after symptoms appear.

When should I take the test?

If you think you have had Coronavirus, you should wait until at least two weeks after the start of symptoms to take the test. 

If you take the test too soon, your body might not have had a chance to develop antibodies yet, and you may get a false negative.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 antibodies?

This means that you have most likely been infected previously with the virus. 

Am I immune if I test positive for COVID-19 antibodies?

At present we don’t know for certain whether the presence of antibodies indicates immunity. So for your own safety of those around you, it’s best to presume you aren’t immune from COVID-19 even if you’ve tested positive for antibodies. 

It is thought that people who have been infected with viruses before are less likely to develop them again. But because this strain of coronavirus is new to us, not enough is known to say whether people develop immunity.

In any case, if you have COVID-19 symptoms currently, you should still follow the government guidelines on self-isolating for at least 14 days. And even if you’ve had the virus before and since recovered, you’re still required to follow the social distancing guidance. 

What happens if I don’t have Coronavirus antibodies?

This means that it is very likely you have not been infected with COVID-19 before. You should still continue to observe the latest precautions issued by the government on social distancing and, where necessary, self-isolation if you or someone in your household develops symptoms.

Getting the Coronavirus antibody test online

The testing service we offer is backed by an accredited UK pathology lab. Once you’ve ordered your sample collection kit, you’ll receive it in one working day. Samples are analysed at our partner lab, and blood results are normally turned around within 1-3 days of receipt.

Page last reviewed:  22/05/2020

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