Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test
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What is the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test?
There are two types of tests for detecting the Covid-19 infection – one, viral test, and the other is an antibody test. The viral test helps detect coronavirus in the respiratory system of an individual, while the basic Covid-19 antibody test shows whether a person has been exposed to the infection. It also shows that the individual’s immune system has responded to the virus. The basic Covid-19 antibody test is typically a blood test where a healthcare professional takes blood samples to look for Covid-19 antibodies. These antibodies are not just present in an individual’s blood but even in saliva.
What does the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test include?
There are different antibody tests currently available and being developed to detect the presence of antibodies to treat the Covid-19 infection. Nevertheless, not all the antibody tests being marketed to the common people have been authorized and evaluated by the Food Drugs Administration, India (FDA). The different tests included in the basic Covid-19 antibody test mainly consist of diagnostic tests to detect past infection of coronavirus.
There are antibody, serology, and other adaptive immune response tests detecting antibodies to the coronavirus and measuring a varied adaptive immune response to the coronavirus. Such tests cannot be used for diagnosing current infection. There are even tests for managing the Covid-19 patients, helping to detect biomarkers related to inflammation. The patients diagnosed with the coronavirus infection must undergo these additional examinations for informed patient management decisions.
While the basic Covid-19 antibody test is the most genuine and reliable test for past infection coronavirus, other additional tests are important for confirming the presence of the virus and the response of a person’s immune system to the same.
Benefits of the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test?
There are large-scale benefits of going for the basic Covid-19 antibody test. They are as follows:
- The test helps detect whether a person has contacted the coronavirus in the past.
- It works effectively for individuals who doubt they might have developed the symptoms of Covid-19 in the past.
- It even works for individuals recently diagnosed with coronavirus infection and is looking to get an idea of their antibody levels.
Going through the basic Covid-19 antibody tests not only helps individuals learn about their immunity status but helps experts gain a clear and detailed understanding of how to control the large-scale spread of the virus. The concerned individuals can always contact general physicians and understand whether they need the Covid-19 diagnostic test or the antibody test.
The eligibility of the basic Covid-19 antibody test will depend on factors like the location of a person and the availability of the test. The basic Covid-19 antibody test not only checks for antibodies but the total count of antibodies in the body of a person through a complete Covid-19 antibody test kit. But it is suggested to get in touch with a doctor to know more about the tests that can satisfy your requirements.
How much does the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test cost?
The basic Covid-19 antibody test costs INR 749 onwards, and it makes sense to book this package if you want to check whether you have been exposed to the coronavirus infection in the past or if your body has developed antibodies that can offer you the immunity of fighting against the novel virus. The cost of the basic Covid-19 antibody test includes various important features like free consultations with the topmost doctors, sample pickups right in the comforts of your home, and online reports available within 48 hours of sample collection.
How long does it take to complete the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test?
You can expect to receive the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test results within 24 to 48 hours after the samples are collected. However, in certain cases, depending on the location, medical advice, and preferred lab partner, it may take longer.
What is the procedure for the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test?
A lab specialist will come to collect your blood and urine sample at a preferred time slot. Please make sure to follow the preparations required for this health assessment package. After collecting the samples, the specialist will send them to the lab partner. The lab partner will analyze the samples based on the tests listed in the package. You will then receive the full report within 48 hours of sample collection on the MFine web and app platform.
What preparation is required for the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test?
No specific preparation is needed for undergoing the basic Covid-19 antibody test. However, your testing centre or doctor will surely provide you with the instructions required on where you need to go for the testing and how the entire test will be conducted. A word of caution here is – you must not forget your mask under any circumstances. Always make it a point to wear a face mask while going to the testing centre and while leaving it. If there is someone else, say a family member, friend, or relative, accompanying you for the test, they should also wear a mask to and from the testing centre.
Why book Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test through MFine?
It makes sense to book the basic Covid-19 antibody test through MFine to check if you have been exposed to the coronavirus in the past or check if your body has developed antibodies that can give you the immunity to fight against the virus. There are diverse testing centres for this antibody testing facility, but things are different at MFine. You get complete assistance before and after the test with sample collection or report collection. Even doctors are available to provide the right information to individuals coming for the basic Covid-19 antibody test.
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Frequently asked questions on Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test
Are MFine's lab partners NABL accredited?
Yes. All our lab partners are NABL (National Accreditation Board of Testing and Calibration of Laboratories)-accredited labs. Thyrocare, Prima Diagnostics, Neuberg, Healthians, to name a few, are our top lab partners. Most of our lab partners have state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities for diagnostic tests.
Can I avail at-home sample collection for the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test on weekends?
Yes, we provide sample collections on all days of the week. The timings can vary based on the test, and tests that require 8 to 10 hours of fasting may have morning slots.
Is fasting required for the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test?
There is no fasting needed for the test. Individuals looking to go through this test can start their day in the same way as they usually do. They can even have their regular meals and get ready for the test. The test is simple, so there are no hard and fast rules regulating the same.
What samples are collected for the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test?
There are samples collected for the basic Covid-19 antibody test. You will have a healthcare professional visiting your home to collect the samples. These professionals are trained in collecting samples for antibody tests. The samples include collecting blood from a finger stick.
When will I receive my Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test results?
You will receive your test results within 48 hours of sample collection. You can download your reports on the MFine web and app platforms.
Will I get the result interpretation for my test results?
You will have a free doctor consultation with your test results for the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test. Our senior doctor will help you understand your results accurately and advise medications and lifestyle changes wherever required.
Which is the best place in India for the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test?
Diagnostic tests and antibody tests for the novel coronavirus are available through prescription by a doctor or healthcare provider. The basic Covid-19 antibody test might easily be available at a local healthcare facility near you or a testing centre, such as MFine. You can get in touch with the state, a local healthcare department, or a general physician for more information on this.
Can Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test detect cancer?
No,this test does not detect cancer but it is always good to follow up with a doctor and undergo further testing if cancer is suspected .
Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test v/s Other Covid-19 Tests
The basic Covid-19 antibody test is different from the other Covid-19 tests in that it is not used for diagnosing current coronavirus infections. The diagnostic tests for the presence of the novel virus in the respiratory system of an individual involve collecting viral particles with the use of nasal swabs. Lung tissue samples are also collected from patients on ventilators.
Can the Basic Covid-19 Antibody Test detect common conditions or diseases associated with the test?
Results from the basic Covid-19 antibody tests need to be properly interpreted by experienced physicians who prescribed the same. There is more data and studies needed to determine whether the basic Covid-19 antibody test can detect common diseases and conditions associated with it or not.
Does a positive basic Covid-19 antibody test mean that I am immune to the novel virus?
No, it does not necessarily mean that you are completely immune from the Covid-19 infection because it is not clear whether possessing antibodies to the coronavirus will protect you from getting infected all over again. And it also does not put forward whether you can infect other individuals with the virus or not.
What are antibodies?
Primarily, antibodies are immune system proteins made for fighting infections such as viruses. Antibodies can help ward off future occurrences of the same infections that a person might have suffered from earlier. These can take days and even weeks to develop in the human body following exposure to the Covid-19 virus.
Are antibody tests used for diagnosing Covid-19?
No, antibody tests are not used to detect the coronavirus’s presence for diagnosing Covid-19. Such tests will return negative results even in the infected individuals and generate fake positive results. Hence, it is not advisable to use these tests for evaluating whether you are currently infected by the novel coronavirus.
If the basic Covid-19 antibody test cannot be used for diagnosing Covid-19, then what are the tests available for this purpose?
There are two kinds of diagnostic tests available to confirm the presence of the coronavirus in an individual. The RT-PCR molecular test detects the genetic material of the virus. Then, antigen tests are used to detect specific proteins on the virus surface. Antigen and molecular tests are the best for detecting current or active Covid-19 infection.
I am Covid-19 vaccinated. Is it necessary for me to undergo the basic Covid-19 antibody test to know if I am immune to the virus?
The basic Covid-19 antibody test is not recommended for determining the immunity level of an individual or protection from the virus. For questions about whether the basic antibody tests for the virus will be right for you or not, you must consult your healthcare professional or the local and state health departments.