Local MD Urgent Care is now offering rapid COVID-19 antibody testing to help patients determine whether they may have previously been infected with the coronavirus. This fingerstick test detects the body’s immune response to identify those who were infected and developed antibodies that may protect them in the future.
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have recently had COVID-19, schedule a visit with us at Local MD Urgent Care to get tested!
About COVID-19 Antibody Testing
An antibody test (also known as a serology test) can detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in your blood. Antibodies are proteins that your immune system makes to help fight infection and protect you from getting sick in the future.
Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection, but they may indicate if you had a past infection. Antibody tests help learn about how human immune systems defend against the virus, as well as learn about population-level protection. If you get an antibody test after receiving a vaccine, you might test positive by some (but not all) antibody tests. This depends on which type of antibody the specific test detects.
Antibody testing is not currently recommended to determine:
If you have a current infection
If you have immunity to SARS-CoV-2 following COVID-19 vaccination
Whether you need to get a booster following COVID-19 vaccination
Whether you need to quarantine after a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19