How Do I Find Out if I’ve Been Exposed to COVID-19?
Welcome to our new blog series, Patient Questions. We took a few moments to survey some of our patients and find out what they’d like to know more about. Each month, we’ll pick one or two of those topics to discuss here.
To get us started, we’re talking about something that is top of mind of all of us; coronavirus.
Our patient Sam had recently heard a friend talk about taking a rapid test to determine if he was currently infected with COVID-19, so Sam wanted to know if there was a way to tell if he’d been infected from his friend, or from anyone else and had been one of the asymptomatic carriers we’ve all heard about. So he asked us if there was COVID-19 testing that could help him find out if he’d been previously exposed to the virus, even though he’s shown no symptoms.
The answer is a little tricky but in short, yes, an antibody test should show us if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and built up antibodies against it. However, if you didn’t build antibodies in your body once exposed to the virus then your body could potentially show no sign of infection.
However, most tests are fairly accurate, given the newness of the virus, and they are a great baseline to find out if you’ve been infected and also if you’ve developed any antibodies of your own against it.
So How Do You Get a COVID-19 Antibody Test?
Getting a coronavirus test is as simple as a blood draw. The serology test looks for IgG (responses developed after you’ve recovered) and IgM (responses developed early on in an infection), which are blood proteins that your body developed in order to fight against the COVID-19 virus.
We’re offering coronavirus testing in our PA Green Wellness King of Prussia and Harrisburg locations now. If you’re interested in getting tested, simply schedule a telehealth visit with one of our doctors, arrange for a blood draw appointment at one of our clinics and within 3 days your results will be emailed directly to you.
Call us at 1-888-338-6001 to get started!