As an added layer of safety, we are now offering COVID-19 testing that can be performed in our office. The Dual Antibody Test screens for IgM (active infection) and IgG (past infection) antibodies. This test requires one drop of blood obtained from a simple finger stick, with results in ten minutes.
The combined specificity and sensitivity of the test is 100%, making it one of the most accurate antibody tests in existence.
How Does the Dual Antibody Test Work?
Nearly all immune-competent individuals will develop an immune response following a COVID-19 infection. Like infections with other pathogens, the SARS-CoV-2 viral infection that causes the COVID-19 disease triggers the human body to produce IgM and IgG antibodies in response. Following the incubation of the virus (1-14 days post infection), both the IgM and IgG antibodies appear in the bloodstream in high levels of concentration. Presence of the IgM antibody indicates that the individual is contagious with an active viral infection; presence of the IgG antibody indicates that the individual has previously been infected and may have developed some level of resistance to reinfection.
DUAL ANTIBODY SCREENING RAPID TEST
This is a self-contained lateral flow IgG /IgM dual antibody test that screens for antibodies in a patient’s blood, producing a highly accurate qualitative result within 10 minutes.
Testing services are available in our office Monday through Saturday. You do not have to be a current patient in order to obtain testing. The test is $105, and many patients can file it to their medical insurance for reimbursement.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment for the dual antibody COVID-19 test, please contact our office at 708-361-1770.