If you’ve been infected with COVID-19 in the past or received a COVID-19 vaccination and would like to know if you have protective antibodies, turn to COVID Testing by Dr. Schechter in Richmond Hill, Queens. David Schechter MD, FACC, PC, and his expert team offer antibody testing for patients of all ages. Call the office in New York City to schedule COVID-19 antibody testing or book an appointment online today.
Antibody testing at COVID Testing by Dr. Schechter is a blood test that checks for COVID-19 antibodies present in your body. If you have antibodies in your bloodstream, you’re likely protected against getting the same strain of COVID-19 in the future.
However, antibody testing can’t tell you if you’re currently infected with COVID-19, as it can take at least two weeks after virus exposure for your body to develop antibodies.
You’re a candidate for COVID-19 antibody testing if you’d like to know if you have immunity to developing COVID-19. If you think you may have had COVID-19 at least two weeks ago and you don’t currently have symptoms of the virus, antibody testing is a good option for you.
Dr. Schechter can order a COVID-19 antibody test for you after an in-person or telehealth visit. He and his team can travel to your home, free of charge, to complete antibody testing.
A COVID-19 antibody test is a simple blood test. Your provider takes a sample of blood, often from a vein in your arm or from a finger prick, to check for antibodies and spike proteins. You usually receive the results within 12-36 hours.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 infection, the COVID Testing by Dr. Schechter team offers nasal swab that detect the virus in your body. This type of COVID-19 test lets you know if you have an active COVID-19 infection.
If you have COVID-19 antibodies in your body, they may protect you from getting the same strain of COVID-19 in the future.
However, having antibodies doesn’t mean you can’t get reinfected by the virus. That’s because the COVID-19 virus can mutate, or change its structure and function, and infect you more than once.
Having COVID antibodies reduces your risk of getting sick with COVID-19, or if you do get the virus, antibodies might make your symptoms less severe.
If you’d like to find out if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past or have antibodies because of a COVID-19 vaccine, call COVID Testing by Dr. Schechter or book an appointment online today.