AFC Urgent Care Hillsdale is now offering coronavirus antibody testing through a blood test known as SARS-CoV-2 AB. Antibody testing can detect past infection with a coronavirus, with results available within 48 hours.
Who can get tested for coronavirus antibodies?
Prior to being tested, patients must be asymptomatic for at least 14 days, not exhibiting a fever, cough, congestion or shortness of breath. Children cannot be tested.
Differences between COVID-19 Antibody Testing & COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing
The COVID-19 diagnostic test is performed via a nasal swab and can be used to detect and diagnose active cases of the COVID-19 virus. The coronavirus antibody test is performed with a blood draw and can detect past infections with coronavirus in asymptomatic patients. A member of our staff will be able to contact you within two days with your results.
What do the results of an antibody test mean?
Regardless of what your results indicate, it is critical to make sure you continue to maintain social distancing and following local and state guidelines, including avoiding gatherings of over 10 people and wearing a mask in public.
A positive antibody test result is an indication that you have been exposed to coronavirus. Research is still being performed to determine if antibodies provide protection against further infection of COVID-19. A negative antibody test result indicates that you have not been exposed to the virus, or have been exposed too recently to form an immune response. For more information on how antibody testing is conducted and interpreted, please check the CDC website for the latest updates.