COVID-19 Antibody Test

Priority STD Testing is now offering lab-based (non-kit) COVID-19 antibody testing nationwide. If you believe you were exposed to or contracted COVID-19, this test will determine if you developed antibodies against the disease.

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What is a COVID-19 antibody test?

This test checks for antibodies to COVID-19. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, your body produces antibodies as part of the immune response to the virus. This test cannot tell you if you have an active infection. If you suspect you have COVID-19, follow up with your healthcare provider about getting a PCR test.

Is the COVID-19 antibody test FDA approved?

FDA approval requires years of clinical trials before being fully qualified. Due to the recency of the COVID-19 pandemic, new assays had to be developed in a short period of time to accommodate testing. Our SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) serology test has been authorized by the FDA under EUA (emergency use authorization), however there has not been enough time for the full FDA approval process. The FDA grants emergency use in situations such as pandemics. All assays are performed in CLIA certified labs.

How Does The Testing Process Work?

To get tested, you’ll select a local testing site, fill out the necessary eligibility and demographic information, and complete the checkout process.

Once your order has been placed, you can go to the collection site immediately without needing an appointment time. The total cost of the COVID-19 antibody test is $129, including the physician oversight authorization fee.

After your sample has been collected, test results will process within 1-3 days in most cases. You’ll receive an email notification when your results are ready, along with a private login link.

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Who should get a COVID-19 antibody test?

This test may be right for you if you: 

  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19, it has been at least 10 days since your diagnosis, and you want to know if you have antibodies. 
  • Have not had symptoms and have not had a known exposure to COVID-19 within the last 10 days but want to see if you have antibodies. 
  • Have had or suspect you’ve had COVID-19 but have not experienced any new symptoms in the past 10 days (these symptoms include cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell). 
  • Have had or suspect you’ve had COVID-19 but have not experienced a fever in the past 3 days. 

Who should not get a COVID-19 antibody test?

This test may NOT be right for you if you: 

  • Are feeling sick or have had a fever within the last 3 days. 
  • Are trying to diagnose COVID-19. 
  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 less than 10 days ago. 
  • Were directly exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days. 
  • Have a condition that weakens your immune system. 

What will a COVID-19 antibody test ​results tell me?

This test will show whether or not you have developed antibodies to COVID-19.

Learn more about your COVID-19 antibody test results.

What is coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease (also called COVID-19) is a serious respiratory illness. It is caused by SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus), one of the most recently discovered types of coronaviruses. It was first identified in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019 and has spread globally, becoming a worldwide pandemic. Those who have this disease may or may not experience symptoms, which range from mild to severe.

Medical Disclaimer

If you are experiencing severe trouble breathing, continuous pain or pressure in your chest, feeling confused or having difficulty waking up, blue-colored lips or face, or any other emergency signs or symptoms, please seek immediate medical care. If you feel like you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1. Testing is not available in the state of New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island.

Are there any limitations to COVID-19 antibody tests?

Getting an antibody test too soon after being infected may cause a false negative result. Additionally, some individuals who are infected with COVID-19 may not develop detectable levels of antibodies, such as those with weakened immune systems due to a medical condition or certain medications.

This test may detect antibodies from previous exposure to coronaviruses other than COVID-19, which can cause a false positive result.

What guidances does the FDA provide regarding COVID-19 antibody testing?

Antibody testing can play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19. It can help identify individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and have developed an immune response. Using antibody tests and clinical follow-up can also provide more information on immunity against COVID-19 for research and medical developments for the virus.

Having antibodies usually gives immunity from further infection. However, there is not enough evidence at this time to suggest that people who have these antibodies are protected against future COVID-19 infection. Experience with other viruses suggests that individuals who have antibodies may be able to resume work and other daily activities in society, as long as they are recovered and not currently infected with the virus.

How is a COVID-19 antibody test performed?

This test is conducted by collecting a blood sample (such as from a finger prick or needle draw).

Is this COVID-19 antibody test qualitative or quantitative?

The COVID-19 antibody test is a qualitative test to detect IgG antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in your blood. IgG antibody testing should be performed to help identify people who may have been previously exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and may indicate prior infection which may be resolved or is still resolving, and/or protection against re-infection (“protective immunity”).

What does an equivocal​ COVID-19 antibody result mean? 

If your test results show that you’re equivocal for COVID-19 antibodies in the blood, this means that the results were neither positive nor negative. You will likely need to be retested in order to confirm whether or not you have antibodies in the blood. An equivocal result can happen if you do not have enough antibodies in your blood for the test to detect, such as if you test too soon after becoming infected. This result can also happen if there was a problem with your sample or the test itself.

What is the sensitivity and specificity of his COVID-19 antibody test?

The absolute sensitivity of the SARS-CoV-2 IgG assay is unknown. A negative result does not rule out COVID-19 and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment, patient management decisions, or to rule out active infection. Individuals tested early after infection may not have detectable IgG antibody despite active infection; in addition, not all individuals will develop a detectable IgG response to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The specificity of the SARS-CoV-2 IgG immunoassays is approximately 99% to 100%.

How do I prepare for the test?

You do not need to do anything to prepare for the test. You do not need to fast or stop taking any medications before testing. Further instructions will be provided to you at the lab or in your test kit.

Description of Oversight

An independent physician will determine whether to authorize your test request, if appropriate.

Description of PWNHealth

PWNHealth is an independent healthcare provider network that provides oversight services to you in connection with the laboratory testing that you have requested. PWNHealth and its services are independent from the laboratory and company from whom you requested and registered for the test and their services.

Results

If your test results are abnormal, PWNHealth’s Care Coordination Team may attempt to contact you to notify you of your results and schedule a telehealth consult with a physician or other healthcare provider

Consults

After you receive your results, you will have an opportunity to have a telehealth consult with an independent licensed physician or other healthcare provider from PWNHealth, who can answer any questions you may have about your test results and help determine next steps.

Where can I get more information?

Medically reviewed by Amy Cyr, MD
Reviewed on June 14, 2020

General COVID-19 FAQs

Coronavirus disease (also called COVID-19) is an infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus), one of the most recently discovered types of coronaviruses. Those who have this disease may or may not experience symptoms, which range from mild to severe.

Prolonged viral shedding is what happens when parts of a virus are detectable in a person for a period of time even after they’ve recovered from an illness. For some individuals who had or have COVID-19, this virus may be in their test samples for up to six weeks. It is not known whether individuals are able to spread the virus during this period. The best available evidence suggests that most individuals who have recovered are likely no longer infectious, but there is not enough evidence at this time to confirm this. If you have questions, contact your healthcare provider for additional information.

Recent data suggests that COVID-19 has a greater impact on certain racial and ethnic minority groups. Health differences are often due to social and economic conditions. In public health emergencies, these conditions can isolate people from the resources they need to prepare for and respond to outbreaks.

Some conditions contribute to a higher risk of getting sick with COVID-19 for certain racial and ethnic minority groups. These conditions include:

  • Some racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to live in densely populated areas and have multi-generational households, making it difficult to practice prevention and social distancing.
  • Racially segregated and medically underserved neighborhoods are linked to more underlying health conditions. These groups have higher rates of chronic conditions – such as heart disease, diabetes, and lunch disease – that increase the severity of COVID-19.
  • Some racial and ethnic minority groups are overrepresented in jails, prisons, and detention centers, which have specific risks due to close living quarters, shared food services, etc.
  • Some racial and ethnic minority groups don’t speak English or speak English as a second language, sometimes creating a language barrier when it comes to access to care.

The best way to protect yourself is to avoid situations in which you may be exposed to the virus. If you or someone you care for is at higher risk of getting sick with COVID-19, take steps to protect them, as well as yourself, from getting sick. These steps include:

  • Stay home and follow isolation practices
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay away from people you know are sick
  • Wear simple cloth face coverings in public settings

If someone in your household is told to quarantine because they’ve been exposed to COVID-19, you should quarantine as well. This is especially true if you’ve been in close contact with that person. It’s possible for you to have the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. Quarantine should last 14 days from your last close contact with this person in order to see whether you develop symptoms. Limit close contact with others as much as possible (stay at least 6 feet apart) and avoid having any unnecessary visitors, especially people who are at high risk of severe illness. If you have questions, contact your healthcare provider for additional information.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that there is a higher burden of illness and death from COVID-19 among certain racial and ethnic minority groups. Based on data from New York City, Black and Hispanic people have more cases of COVID-19, as well as higher rates of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 than White and Asian people. More studies are underway to confirm this data and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on these communities.

Whether or not you get infected with COVID-19 depends on a number of factors. The good news is that you can control many of these factors. Visit the CDC website for more information.

Researchers as well as state and federal governments are currently monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases, complications, and deaths in minority groups, which will help improve the management of patients, distribution of resources, and public health information.

Additionally, there are many resources available within the community, such as free and low-cost health services, grocery delivery services, and educational materials. Please contact your healthcare provider or local health department for more information.

COVID-19 spreads easily from person-to-person, even when an infected person is not showing symptoms. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, droplets containing the virus go into the air. These droplets can be inhaled or land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, exposing them to the virus.

People may also be exposed to COVID-19 by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth after touching a surface with the virus on it. Although this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, researchers are still learning more about COVID-19.

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after being exposed to the virus. The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Cases of COVID-19 range from mild to severe. Some people who are infected don’t have any symptoms and don’t feel sick. ​Most people​ have mild symptoms. Visit the ​CDC website​ for more information about symptoms.

Severe cases are more likely to occur in the following people:

  • Older adults (the older you are, the higher your risk for severe illness from COVID-19).
  • People at any age with underlying medical conditions.

It is important to note that serious illness can also occur in young, healthy adults. If you have questions about your risk, talk to your healthcare provider. For more information, you can also visit the CDC website.

COVID-19 is very contagious. The risk of getting COVID-19 depends on many factors, including close contact with people who have symptoms of COVID-19. It is important to follow your federal,  state, and local government guidance to protect yourself from exposure.

There is currently no treatment for COVID-19. Not all patients with COVID-19 will require medical attention, and most people recover within 2 weeks without any specific treatment. For severe cases, hospitalization and respiratory support may be required. For mild cases, treatment focuses on managing symptoms.

If you believe you may have COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the following steps can help prevent the disease from spreading to others:

  • Stay home
    • Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home
    • Restrict any activities outside your home, except for getting medical care
    • Avoid public areas, including work and school
    • Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis
  • Cover your nose and mouth
    • If you are sick, wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw away used tissues
  • Wash hands
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Wash your hands especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, or before eating or preparing food
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and other people with unwashed hands
  • Do not share
    • Do not share dishes, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets
    • After using personal items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean high touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables
    • Clean any surfaces that may come in contact with body fluids, blood, or stool
    • Use a household cleaning spray or wipes
    • Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have body fluids, blood, or stool on them

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ​guidelines about this may at first seem confusing. These guidelines are:

  • Those who have been​ ​infected with COVID-19 ​ should isolate. They may be able to stop isolating once symptoms have improved, and it has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared. Those who have never had symptoms may be able to stop isolating 10 days after testing.
  • Those who have​ been possibly​ exposed to COVID-19 ​ should quarantine. They may be able to stop quarantining if they don’t develop symptoms, and it has been at least 14 days after possible exposure.

This means that it’s possible for a person ​diagnosed ​ with COVID-19 to stop isolation before someone ​possibly exposed can stop quarantining.

There are currently no vaccines for COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid situations in which you may be exposed to the virus. Everyday actions can help protect you and prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Restrict any activities outside your home and maintain a safe distance (around 6 feet) between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This includes avoiding crowded areas, shopping malls, religious gatherings, public transportation, etc.
  • Wear simple cloth face coverings in public settings (like grocery stores and pharmacies) where social distancing is difficult, especially in areas where COVID-19 is spreading.
  • Stay home when you are sick, unless you are seeking medical care.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

If you think you have been exposed, it is important to closely monitor for symptoms. Most mild cases of COVID-19 resolve within 2 weeks without treatment. Seek medical attention immediately if you develop severe symptoms, especially if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe trouble breathing (such as being unable to talk without gasping for air)
  • Continuous pain or pressure in your chest
  • Feeling confused
  • Blue-colored lips or face
  • Severe and continuous dizziness or lightheadedness

If you seek medical attention, be sure to call ahead before visiting the facility. This will help the facility keep other people from possibly getting infected or exposed.

  • Tell any healthcare provider that you may have COVID-19.
  • Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Put on a facemask before you enter any healthcare facility.

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. It is one of the best ways to avoid being exposed and to help slow the spread of the virus, especially if you are in an area where COVID-19 is widespread. It is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Social or physical distancing includes:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
  • Not gathering in groups
  • Staying out of crowded places and avoiding mass gatherings

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, it is very important to stay home and limit your interaction with others in your household and in public.

  • If you have not been tested but may have been exposed to COVID-19, self-monitoring and self-quarantine is recommended to see if you get sick.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolation is recommended so that you do not pass the virus to others.

For more information on self-isolation and self-quarantine, click here.

If you are a healthcare professional, first responder, frontline worker, or critical infrastructure worker and believe you have been directly exposed while at work, you should consult your place of work for specific occupational health guidance about whether to stay home or continue working. You should adhere to recommendations set forth by your employer or the department of health, as they may differ from the CDC’s guidelines.

Isolation and quarantine are both ways to limit your interaction with others to prevent the spread of disease.

  • Isolation is separating individuals with COVID-19 from people who are not sick. Individuals are separated for a period of time until they are no longer infectious.
  • Quarantine is separating individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 but haven’t been tested. They are separated for a brief period of time (14 days after possible exposure) to see if they develop symptoms.

For more information on self-isolation and self-quarantine, click here.

If you are a healthcare professional, first responder, frontline worker, or critical infrastructure worker and believe you have been directly exposed while at work, you should consult your place of work for specific occupational health guidance about whether to stay home or continue working. You should adhere to recommendations set forth by your employer or the department of health, as they may differ from the CDC’s guidelines.

If you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19, please check with your primary healthcare provider or local health department to help determine when it’s right to stop isolation. Typically this is done when fever and symptoms improve and/or a specified amount of time has passed, or when you’ve had follow-up PCR testing done. Be sure to continue to follow federal, state, and local government guidance regarding social distancing and isolation. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)​ ​website​.

At this time, it is not known whether someone who has been infected with SARS-CoV-2 can become infected again after recovering.

Antibody Test-Specific FAQs

If your test results show that you’re positive for COVID-19 antibodies in the blood, it means you’ve likely been exposed to COVID-19. Although having antibodies usually gives immunity from further infection, there is not enough evidence at this time to suggest that people who have these antibodies are protected against future COVID-19 infections.

All COVID-19 antibody tests look for antibodies in the blood specific to the virus.

There are antibody tests that look for one specific antibody (such as an IgG test). Other antibody tests look for the presence of multiple antibodies (such as a total antibody test). Both types of tests are used to help identify if you have been exposed to the virus. However, there seems to be no advantage in using one test over another. At this time, IgM and IgG antibodies are the most useful for assessing antibody response to COVID-19 because little is known about IgA antibody response in the blood.

Getting an antibody test too soon after being infected may cause a false negative result. It usually takes around 10 to 18 days after being infected with COVID-19 for your body to produce enough antibodies to be detected in the blood. Some people may take even longer to develop antibodies or may not develop enough antibodies to be detected by the test. It is recommended that you contact your healthcare provider or local health department to see if retesting is needed.

Some studies have shown that individuals with more severe symptoms develop higher antibody levels. However, although having antibodies usually gives immunity from further infection, there is not enough evidence at this time to suggest that people who have these antibodies – in any amount – are protected against future COVID-19 infections.

You can have antibodies from an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection. An asymptomatic infection is when you are infected but do not show any symptoms.

If usually takes 10 to 18 days for antibodies to be detected in your blood. Because antibodies develop over time, it’s possible that your antibody levels can change depending on when you tested. However, this varies by individual. Talk with your healthcare provider or local health department about your results to see if retesting is advised.

There is no test that can tell you when to stop social distancing or isolating. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider about next steps and continue to follow federal, state, and local government guidance regarding social distancing, and avoid visiting at-risk individuals like those above the age of 65 or with pre-existing medical conditions.

Base on the most current research, antibodies develop around 10 to 18 days after infection from COVID-19. However, this varies by individual, and some people may take a longer time to develop antibodies.

If you’re having symptoms of COVID-19, contact your doctor or local health department to get tested for active infection. The antibody test can only tell you if you’ve been exposed and have developed an immune response, but it cannot say whether you have an active infection. For that, you’ll need a molecular (PCR) test.

Antibody tests do not show whether a person is currently infected. A molecular (PCR) test is a more reliable indicator of current COVID-19 infection.

False positives occur when a person tests positive even though they DO NOT have the antibodies for COVID-19. There is a small chance that the result could be a false positive. Manufacturers must demonstrate a high specificity of approximately 99% to 100% to ensure validation of their test. If you have additional questions, please contact the lab directly for more information.

Some studies have shown that individuals with more severe illness develop higher antibody levels. However, although having antibodies usually gives immunity from further infection, there is not enough evidence at this time to suggest that people who have these antibodies – in any amount – are protected against future COVID-19 infections.

It usually takes 10 to 18 days for antibodies to be detected in your blood. Because antibodies develop over time, it’s possible that your antibody levels can change depending on when you tested. However, this varies by individual. Talk with your healthcare provider or local health department about your results to see if retesting is advised.

If your test results show that you’re equivocal for COVID-19 antibodies in the blood, this means that the results were neither positive nor negative. You will likely need to be retested in order to confirm whether or not you have antibodies in the blood. An equivocal result can happen if you do not have enough antibodies in your blood for the test to detect, such as if you test too soon after becoming infected. This results can also happen if there was a problem with your sample or the test itself.

People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are encouraged to consider donating plasma. You must be completely recovered from symptoms for at least 14 days prior to donation. If you have additional questions, please contact the donation center directly for more information.

On an individual level, an antibody test looks for antibodies in the blood. Your immune system makes antibody proteins to help fight infections. If you were exposed to COVID-19, an antibody test will show whether or not you’ve developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. An antibody test cannot tell you whether you have a current COVID-19 infection.

On a population level, antibody testing can give researchers a sense of how many people have been exposed to and infected by COVID-19. In the future, antibody testing may show whether someone has immunity against COVID-19, meaning that they cannot get infected again. If antibodies make people immune to COVID-19, it can help inform leaders and public health officials about whether the population has reached herd immunity. Herd immunity is when a l​arge percentage of a population has become immune to COVID-19, which can protect those people who are not immune.

There are three different types of antibodies: IgM, IgG, and IgA.

  • Immunoglobulin M (IgM) is produced as the body’s first response to a COVID-19 infection. Generally, IgM may provide short-term protection and can help tell if an individual has been recently infected.
  • Immunoglobulin G (IgG) is the most common type of antibody. It’s made several days to weeks after being exposed to COVID-19. Generally, IgG remains in the body and may provide long-term protection against future exposure.
  • Immunoglobulin A (IgA) is found in the blood, sinuses, lungs, and stomach. Generally, IgA helps protect these areas from infection. However, the role of these antibodies in determining exposure or immunity is unknown.

There is not enough evidence at this time to suggest that people who have these antibodies are protected against future COVID-19 infections.

General Test FAQs

An antibody test checks to see if you’ve developed antibodies against COVID-19, which occurs after being exposed to the virus. Antibody tests do not show whether a person is currently infected. PCR tests check for genetic material (viral RNA) produced by the virus. It determines if you’re currently infected and can spread COVID-19 to others.

You should get an antibody test to check if you’ve been previously exposed to COVID-19.

You should get a PCR test if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are a healthcare worker, or you live or work in a place where people reside, meet, or gather in close proximity. This can include homeless shelters, assisted living facilities, group homes, detention centers, schools, and workplaces.

A PCR test may also be helpful if you currently have symptoms of COVID-19 or want to check if you have the virus and can pass it on to others.

If you’re currently having symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been exposed, you should get a PCR test to see if you’re currently infected.

Antibody tests can complement PCR tests by providing information about exposure and how the immune system responds to COVID-19 infections.

Sensitivity and specificity are different and complementary measures to inform doctors and patients about the accuracy of a test. A good test has both high sensitivity and high specificity.

Sensitivity is a measure of how well a test is able to detect people who are infected (positive cases). If a person has an infection, a test with 100% sensitivity can accurately detect it wit ha positive result.

Specificity is a measure of how well a test can detect people who are NOT infected (negative cases). If a person does not have an infection, a test with 100% specificity can accurately detect it with a negative result.

The FDA has the authority to grant Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to diagnostic tests that have not yet received formal approval in times of a public health emergency. The FDA has granted EUA for certain tests during the COVID-19 pandemic to help detect or diagnose COVID-19.

Like full FDA approval, EUA relies on strict standards. However, EUA is complemented more quickly based on the limited data that is available, unlike full FDA approval.

For more information, please visit the FDA website.

A positive result that is incorrect is called a false positive. False positives occur when a person tests positive even though they do not have the infection.

A negative result that is incorrect is called a false negative. False negatives occur when a person tests negative even though they do not have the infection.

False negatives and positive can worsen the COVID-19 pandemic by providing false reassurance to those who have the infection or by causing those who do not have it to use critical resources.

PWNHealth only uses COVID-19 tests that have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). These approved tests minimize the chance of inaccurate, false positive, or false negative results. The FDA has found that tests that meet certain standards are of superior quality and have high sensitivity and specificity* (measurements of accuracy).

PWNHealth will not use tests that have been shown to have low sensitivity and specificity.​ ​For additional information, please reach out to the lab directly.

*​Actual sensitivity and specificity may vary between test manufacturers. A sample that is not properly collected may also result in an inaccurate result.

Antibody tests do not show whether a person is currently infected. Therefore, they should not used in place of a PCR test to diagnose a current infection.

There is no test that can tell you when you can visit someone who is at risk for more severe symptoms of COVID-19. Check with your primary healthcare provider or local health department to help determine when the time is right to make such visits. Be sure to continue to follow federal, state, and local government guidance regarding social distancing and isolation.