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COVID-19 antibody test

Coronavirus antibody test

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 allows you to take a blood sample from the finger which is then sent to our partner lab for analysis.

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 the results you have ordered are ready.

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COVID-19 Antibody Test (Personal use)

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 allows you to take a blood sample from the finger which is then sent to our partner lab for analysis.

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 the results you have ordered are ready.

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody tests from Roche and Abbott are 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 but it does not indicate when you were exposed to the virus or how long your antibodies will be present.

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.

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 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.

Why did you stop offering the finger prick antibody test? 

The Coronavirus antibody at-home test was initially made available on our site in May 2020. However, the authorities at the time requested that further testing for validation be carried out. This has now been completed and the CE marked tests have been approved by the MHRA.

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 high temperature (feel hot to touch on the chest or back), a new, persistent cough (coughing a lot for longer than an hour, or 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours, or an existing cough that gets worse), fatigue and a general feeling of being unwell. People may also experience a change to their sense of taste or smell, or a loss of taste or smell. 

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?

This Coronavirus test checks for antibodies and can tell you if you’ve been infected with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) before.

However, it is important to note that each individual’s immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection can be different and therefore there is a possibility of testing positive in one assay and negative in another assay. It is also possible to receive a positive result for a Coronavirus PCR swab but a negative antibody test result. This could be down to the blood sample being taken too soon, or even too long after the infection.

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 those who test positive for antibodies should still exercise caution. That means continuing to follow government guidelines on handwashing, social distancing and isolation if anyone in a person’s household develops symptoms.

There is still a lot that scientists and healthcare professionals don’t know about COVID-19 but we find out more all the time. COVID-19 antibody testing doesn’t give the whole picture but it seems to be an important piece of the jigsaw puzzle.

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

Yes. You can buy a Coronavirus antibody test through our online pharmacy. The kit you receive will allow you to take a small sample of blood from a finger using a lancet device. Your blood sample is then sent by post to our UK accredited partner laboratory in order to provide a safe and accurate result for our patients. 

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Page last reviewed:  11/01/2021
Contents

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

  • a set of instructions
  • a test request form
  • a postal envelope 
  • a name label
  • two moist wipes
  • two plasters
  • a blood collection tube (microtainer)
  • a blood collection tube label
  • a blood collection tube case
  • an alcohol swab (with a spare)
  • and a lancet (with two spares).

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

Page last reviewed:  11/01/2021
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. You’ll receive a copy of these with the test. 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 collecting the sample. 

This test is able to detect antibodies from 14 days after the development of symptoms. If you collect a sample from a patient before this, the result might be less accurate. So if a patient suspects they have had coronavirus, they should wait until at least 14 days after the onset of symptoms before sample collection.

You can find detailed instructions on collecting the blood sample in the leaflet provided.

  • Fill out the test request form if it is not already populated with your details. 
  • Complete the blood collection tube label but do not affix it to the tube until after you have collected your sample. 
  • Make a note of your unique postal tracking number. 
  • Ideally, you should take a sample from your middle or ring finger. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water and dry. 
  • Clean the end of the finger with an alcotip swab and dry with a clean tissue. 
  • Remove a lancet out of its packet, twist and remove the blue stick. 
  • Sit down to prepare for blood collection. 
  • 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 line marked on the side. 
  • If you can’t get enough blood from the site, try doing the same with either the middle or ring 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 clear case provided.
  • Insert the test kit box and the request form into the envelope and seal.
  • Place in a Royal Mail post box as soon as possible.

Due to high demand, turnaround time for results following receipt of samples at our lab is currently around 2-3 days.

Results will be sent into our secure system, and you’ll be asked to login to your account to view results when ready. You’ll also be able to download the lab report.

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:  11/01/2021
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

COVID-19 antibody test

Q&A

Is it reliable?

Yes. Both the Roche and Abbott Coronavirus antibody test have been deemed reliable and are CE marked for capillary testing.

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 when a result is ready. You’ll then need to log in to your account to see this.

When will results be ready?

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

What kind of sample do I have to collect 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 99% effective at detecting antibodies to Coronavirus from 14 days after symptoms appear.

When should I administer 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 the safety of your patient and those around them, it’s best to presume they aren’t immune from COVID-19 even if they’ve tested positive for antibodies. 

It is thought that people who have been infected with viruses before are less likely to contract 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 someone has COVID-19 symptoms currently, they should still follow the government guidelines on self-isolating for at least 10 days. And even if they’ve had the virus before and since recovered, they’re still required to follow the social distancing guidance. 

What happens if I don’t have Coronavirus antibodies?

This means that it is likely you have not been infected with COVID-19 before or that your body no longer has antibodies to the virus. You should still continue to observe the latest precautions issued by the government on social distancing and, where necessary, self-isolate if you or someone in your household develops symptoms.

Buying a Coronavirus antibody test online

The Coronavirus antibody 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:  11/01/2021

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