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What is an antibody test?
An antibody test can tell you whether you have had Coronavirus (COVID-19) and whether your body has responded and developed antibodies. The test works by drawing blood from the arm and testing to see if there are antibodies.
What do antibody test results mean?
A positive antibody test means you have caught COVID-19 at some point in the past and that your body has responded and developed antibodies.
A negative antibody test means your body has not responded to the virus and you have not developed antibodies. This does not mean you have not
had COVID-19, just that your body hasn’t staged an immune response.
There is no evidence yet to suggest that people who have had the virus, and have received a positive antibody test result, are immune. This means you could still pass the virus onto others; so you will need to keep using personal protective equipment, such as a mask, social distancing and following government guidelines.
If you test positive for antibodies, can you ignore government guidance?
No. There is no strong evidence yet to suggest that people who have had the virus, and have received a positive antibody test result, are immune.
This means you could still pass the virus onto others; so, you will need to continue social distancing, infection control plans and following government guidelines.
How will I be told of the result?
You will recieve a text message to the mobile number provided when booking.
How will my information be used?
Both positive and negative results will be shared with Public Health England
to help understand how the virus spreads and where it has been present in different regions of the country.
Are there any risks to having the test?
There are some risks related to having a blood test, such as bruising, feeling dizzy and faint during and after the test.
Swelling of the vein can happen but it is extremely unlikely.
- I confirm that I have read the above information; I understand that taking the test is my choice and I give my consent to have an antibody test.
- I have read the information and I understand the purpose of this test, together with the benefits and risks.
- I understand that a positive test will not mean that I am immune and therefore I will continue to keep social distancing, using personal protective equipment and following government guidelines.
- I declare that the information I have given on this form is correct and complete.
You will get your results within 72hrs. Test results will be one of three values:
- POSITIVE. This means you have had an immune response to the virus. Our scientific understanding of the virus is still at an early stage. Therefore, a positive antibody test does not necessarily mean that you cannot be infected again. You should continue to follow guidance on social distancing and PPE.
- NEGATIVE. This means you have not had an immune response to the virus.
- INVALID. This means there was a problem with the sample. Please register for a repeat test.
- Please note that all blood samples will be stored (frozen) for 1yr+ The National team have asked that labs retain samples to help in epidemiological studies and future research of the virus. They have suggested that we may link antibody status to PCR status which will give a greater understanding of the virus and treatments