CORONOVIRUS- 19 UPDATE 04/2020
Many of you may have heard about antibody testing for COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. Here is a brief introduction to what antibodies are and what the measurement of these antibodies mean.
When a person is infected with a pathogen (in this case a virus), the body responds in several ways. One response is where the body makes antibodies that specifically binds to the virus.
These antibodies are proteins called immunoglobulins. This process, as well as other
responses from the body clears the virus from the body, and if the response is strong enough, may prevent progression to severe illness or re-infection by the same virus. This process is often measured by the presence of antibodies in the blood.
Many countries, including the U.S, are now testing for the SARS-CoV-2 antibodies (the virus
that causes COVID-19). The World Health Organization supports these studies, as they are
critical for understanding the extent of - and risk factors associated with- infections. However, there are still some questions about the accuracy and reliability of these tests. At this point in the pandemic, the World Health Organization asserts that there is not enough evidence to say that these tests will prove an “immunity passport” or “risk-free certificate” for people to assume that they are protected against re-infection. A positive antibody test simply means that you have already been infected by the virus.
We are offering the antibody testing at Smoky Hill Family Medicine. If you have already tested positive for the virus, you do not need to have this test as you already have the antibodies to it.
Understandably, you may have many questions about the virus, the testing and what this may all mean. If you would like to be tested, please call our office at 303-680-9150 to schedule a telemedicine appointment with one of our providers. At that time we will answer questions you may have and subsequently schedule your testing. We are still unsure about insurance coverage, but have worked with the lab to secure a self pay price of $55.00 that they will bill directly to you.
Please stay safe and our sincere thanks to all of you for your support during this difficult time.
Smoky Hill Family Medicine