COVID Antibody Test in Charlotte, Rock Hill, & Lancaster
Getting a COVID-19 Antibody Test
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has caused many changes over the last two years. With over 533 million cases worldwide, the virus is still causing staggering numbers of infections. However, with similar symptoms as other viruses or the lack of COVID-19 diagnostic tests in some areas, it is possible that you have had an infection without knowing it.
COVID antibody tests in Charlotte, Rock Hill, and Lancaster can detect a past infection. With this test you can have peace of mind about your current virus status.
What Is an Antibody Test?
An antibody or serology test checks for a past COVID-19 infection. After you have been infected with a virus, your immune system develops antibodies or proteins to fight off the infection. Antibodies are also created if you have been vaccinated against the virus. These antibodies help to protect your body from getting reinfected for a period of time.
Who Needs an Antibody Test?
An antibody test does not diagnose COVID-19 or check for current infections. It can take the body up to three weeks to create antibodies.
Some patients had mild symptoms or none at all. If you were never tested or have had long-term symptoms of COVID-19, you may consider an antibody test. Long-term symptoms may include:
- Trouble breathing
- Joint pain
- Loss of taste or smell
Since COVID-19 vaccines also teach your body to make antibodies, an antibody test is not recommended right after vaccination. Antibody tests should also not be used to determine if you are immune to COVID or if you should be vaccinated.
What to Expect
An antibody test is a simple blood test to check for proteins following an infection. The test usually involves a finger prick to test the patient’s sample for antibodies. Results may be available the same day, or it may take a few days to get laboratory results.
A positive result indicates a past COVID-19 infection. A negative result indicates that you have not had COVID in the past and do not have antibodies.
Regardless of your test results, you should continue to protect yourself against COVID-19. Even patients who have had an active infection can get reinfected.
Schedule Your COVID Antibody Test in Charlotte, Rock Hill, & Lancaster
At Carolina Pharmacy, we offer COVID antibody tests in Charlotte, Rock Hill, and Lancaster. Contact any of our convenient pharmacy locations for more information on rapid COVID testing, travel testing, or vaccination. We are happy to serve you!