Your immune system produces antibodies when it is fighting an infection. Serology testing detects these antibodies, within blood, which remain after you have recovered from an infection, giving you an indication if you have previously had COVID-19. The test is a laboratory test, which requires a healthcare professional to procure a small sample of blood which is sent to the laboratory for analysis. These tests have been approved by Public Health England (PHE) and authorised by the FDA. Utilising specific testing equipment, only available in laboratories, these tests are proven to be over 99% accurate.
Unlike the antibody test, an antigen test looks for the virus itself and is used to determine if someone currently has COVID-19 and therefore could potentially transmit the infection to others. This test is currently being provided by the UK government to people with confirmed or suspected symptoms of COVID-19. The samples are taken in a clinical setting using swabs to collect samples via the mouth and nose.
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Abbott Diagnostics began collaborations with the NHS, public health bodies and supply private testing equipment and kits to laboratories such as Future Health Biobank. The test has been validated by Abbott Diagnostics as providing 100% sensitivity and 99.5% specificity for COVID-19 antibodies when performed at least 14 days following the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. The test has been independently authorised under an Emergency Use Authorisation by the FDA independently evaluated by PHE and holds a CE mark to certify that it complies with EU safety rules and can be used across laboratories within the UK.
How do I get a test?
Premier Clinic is able to offer this test to anyone who is well, not currently displaying or experiencing symptoms. The test is accurate 14 days from the first day that COVID-19 symptoms first appeared. We will arrange a trained healthcare professional to collect your blood sample and return it to our laboratory for testing. Once received in our laboratory in Nottingham, we will perform the SARS-CoV-2 IgG test and contact you with your results within 48 – 72 hours.