Are you curious to know if you may have had COVID-19? The SARS-CoV-2 antibody
blood test is now available to the public only with a doctor’s order.
The tests, provided by Abbott Labs, is recognized as one of the top most
accurate antibody tests available. The test is covered by most insurance.
The test will not reveal an active COVID-19 infection. Having the IgG antibody
means that you have had a past immune response to the infection. In order
to avoid a false negative, wait at least four weeks after the onset of
symptoms before getting blood drawn in order to give your immune system
time to produce the antibodies.
Though there is not enough evidence that people who have recovered from
COVID-19 are protected from infection, the collective results of the antibody
test will give data on the percentage of a population that has been exposed.
Don’t assume that a positive antibody test means you’re immune
or can’t spread infection to someone else.
To participate in the test, first obtain a lab order from your doctor.
You may visit the Marshall Medical Laboratory locations at 681 Main Street,
Placerville or 3581 Palmer Drive, Cameron Park, to obtain the SARS-CoV-2
antibody blood test on a walk-in basis. Your insurance carrier will be
billed for the service.