This is a blood draw test. We will reserve them for our patients on a first come, first serve basis. We also ask that only well patients, not currently experiencing symptoms, use this kind of testing.
What else do you need to know about viral and antibody testing?
- Typically, the time of exposure to the virus and the onset of symptoms is approximately 2-21 days, however >90% of people who develop symptoms to coronavirus will do so within 14 days of exposure
- Viral testing: This type of testing requires swabbing the nasal or oral cavity or obtaining oral secretion to test for the presence virus by PCR. This method is best used during an active infection to identify a sick individual. We have been referring patients to have these done in urgent care and hospital settings as well as through drive up testing centers. This type of testing has been very difficult to get so far. National Jewish may be a good resource now for this type of drive-up testing. All testing requires a requisition from your healthcare provider. Click here for complete information.
- Antibody testing: Using serum or blood testing, this type of testing may be used to identify whether a person has been exposed to the virus currently or in the past by testing for immune cells called antibodies
- Antibody production can occur within that 2-14 day incubation window of an infection
- Oral or Nasal swab testing is recommended during an active infection, when a patient is symptomatic
- Antibody testing is recommended 3+ weeks after symptoms begin to ensure accuracy of this type of test results
- Many people exposed to coronavirus are asymptomatic, and therefore can get an antibody test at any time
Available testing at LabCorp and Quest
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