COVID-19 Antibody Testing
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
NextCare and its family of brands are dedicated to providing patients the most up-to-date information and treatment options to fight COVID-19. Many agree that testing (diagnostic and antibody) for the general population is an important component in managing the spread of the virus. We are taking the next step in this testing continuum and are now offering COVID-19 Antibody Testing! This new antibody testing is an important tool we can provide to our patients, which will help them to know if they may have had COVID-19 previously, and potentially identify the people they could have possibly put at risk. The complexity of the virus makes antibody testing very important, especially for those who may have had the virus and been asymptomatic.
Our antibody testing process is both easy and safe. After a provider evaluation, the test is completed through the collection of a blood sample. Patients can check-in online in advance to help reduce wait times. As an additional safety measure, we are offering antibody testing at many of our locations with an alternative entrance to provide a safe and sanitary environment. Visit a nearby clinic today for your test.
Locations offering COVID-19 Antibody Testing will have the Antibody Testing icon (Pictured Below) next to them.
How it Works:
- Check-in online or walk-in to a clinic offering Antibody Testing near you.
- Arrive at the clinic where a provider evaluation and simple blood draw are performed.
- Clinic staff will contact you with results in the near future.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing - Additional Information
Antibody testing works differently than the testing we have seen previously. The form of testing we have seen recently focuses on detecting the genetic material of the COVID-19 virus which indicates whether or not someone is currently infected with the virus. With antibody testing, the test may be able to detect antibodies you have naturally created to fight the infection. The detection of antibodies may help determine if the patient was recently infected with the virus or was infected in the past, but since it does take time for these antibodies to develop, it isn’t reliable for diagnosing a possible active infection or making clinical recommendations for care. It’s important to note, just like with much of the process surrounding COVID-19, we are in the early stages of information on antibody testing. With this, there is not currently enough information available to know whether or not a positive antibody test means that a patient definitely had COVID-19 previously because the test may detect antibodies that are related to other coronavirus strains.