COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Manhattan’s Midtown East

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Midtown East NY

MedRite Urgent Care is doing everything possible to help keep our neighbors in Manhattan’s Midtown East healthy and safe during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Toward that end, we are pleased to offer COVID-19 antibody testing. Unlike our nasal swab test, which can detect an active infection, our antibody test is not used to diagnose COVID-19. Rather, this clinical lab test is used to detect a prior COVID-19 infection. Specifically, it scans a blood sample for specific proteins (antibodies) that are produced by the body’s immune system in response to a COVID-19 exposure.

What If My COVID-19 Antibody Test Result Is Positive?

If COVID-19 antibodies are found in your blood, it means that you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus and may have developed some degree of immunity to it. However, it does not necessarily mean that you are completely immune to it. Why the uncertainty? COVID-19 is a brand-new virus, and the COVID-19 antibody test is new as well.

The fact is, there is still much to be learned about the novel coronavirus. Through ongoing research, the knowledge base is growing every day. At this point in time, more testing is needed before scientists can conclusively determine the level of COVID-19 immunity, if any, indicated by the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in the blood. With all of that said, based on what is known about other coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, it is reasonable to assume that COVID-19 antibodies provide at least some level of protection against reinfection.

It Is Still Vital to Take Steps to Minimize the Spread of COVID-19

Even if your COVID-19 antibody testing produces a positive result—meaning you have already been infected and have recovered—you should still practice all safety standards as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including staying at home as much as possible, washing your hands frequently, and wearing a cloth face mask in public places. While you may be safer than someone who has not already been infected with COVID-19, there is still a risk that you could transmit the disease to others, so you need to continue to take reasonable precautions.

If you are interested in COVID-19 antibody testing, contact or visit MedRite Urgent Care in Manhattan’s Midtown East today. You do not need to have had a positive COVID-19 test to be eligible for antibody testing.

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