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FAQ's Antibody Test

The COVID-19 Rapid Antibody test is used to detect antibodies associated with the COVID-19 virus and can indicate if it’s likely that you have had the virus before, producing results within 15 mins. IgM is usually the first antibody produced by the immune system at the onset of the virus attack, IgG are the antibodies that develop in most cases within 7 to 10 days after symptoms of COVID-19 begin, IgG antibodies usually remain in the blood after an infection has passed.

The test detects IgM & IgG anti-SARS-CoV-2 which are the two antibodies in the blood IgM is what we show when we are in the acute stage of the virus, IgG is what you show when you have been exposed to the virus in the past. Conducted only by a qualified clinician the results are available within 15 minutes, we only use tests with high accuracy, one of which is Panodyne and the manufacturers advise the overall accuracy is 98.6% for detection of COVID-19 antibodies.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry your hands. Swab your fingertip with an alcohol swab provided, select the fingertip where you will be obtaining the blood, take the lid of the yellow lancet, apply pressure against your fingertip and the device will automatically activate against your finger. Use the pipette to take the blood from your finger and squeeze it into the testing tray of the kit.

A total of 3 positive detection lines are possible. The control (C) line appears when the sample has flowed through the cassette correctly and an accurate result is possible only when this line is present.

1. Negative Result

If only the quality control line (C) appears and the detection lines G and M are not visible, then no novel coronavirus antibody has been detected and the result is negative

2. Positive Result, M Only

If both the control line (C) and the detection line M appears, then the novel coronavirus IgM antibody has been detected and the result is positive for the IgM antibody.

3. Positive Result, G Only

If both the control line (C) and the detection line G appears, then the novel coronavirus IgG antibody has been detected and the result is positive for the IgG antibody.

4. Positive Result, G and M

If the control line (C) and both detection lines G and M appear, then the novel coronavirus IgG and IgM antibodies have been detected and the result is positive for both the IgG and IgM antibodies.

A positive result means that the test did detect COVID-19 coronavirus antibodies so it is likely you’ve had coronavirus before (even if you can’t recall having symptoms).

Antibodies detected in your blood may be present for several months or more following your recovery from COVID-19. Although these antibodies may provide some immunity to the COVID-19 virus in the future, there is not enough evidence currently to know how long the antibodies last or to what extent a previous infection with the virus will help protect you from getting another infection. Studies on COVID-19 antibodies are ongoing to learn more about its effect on immunity.

A negative result means the test did not detect COVID-19 coronavirus antibodies so it is unlikely you’ve had the coronavirus before. However, if you develop COVID-19 symptoms at any time such as a high temperature, fatigue, a new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, you must follow the government guidelines to stay at home and contact the 111 online coronavirus service.

The Rapid Antibody Testing kits sold by YourTest are CE approved, this means they conform with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area. The Healgen product is one of the three tests to pass phase 2 assessment by the UK government as at the date this was written.

FAQ's Antigen Test

A COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test detects the presence of viral proteins in a biological sample taken from an individual and will return the results in as little as 15 minutes to reveal an active infection.

How well the test works will depend on various factors which include; the time from onset of the COVID-19 viral attack to when the specimen is collected, the concentration of virus in the specimen taken, the quality of specimen collected, how it is processed and the performance of the test kit. We only use tests with high levels of accuracy, one of which is Healgen. The performance data from this manufacturer shows the diagnostic sensitivity for COVID-19 specific antigens of up to 86.7% with a diagnostic specificity of 100% overall accuracy, 96.3% with out Healgen product.

Insert the sterile swab into the nostril up to 2.5cm (1 inch) from the edge of your nostril. Rub the swab 5/6 times along the inside of the nostril to ensure that the right amount of sample is collected from both nasal passages, use the same swab. It is important to collect as much nasal secretion as possible.

This means COVID-19 specific antigens have been detected. If you receive a positive result, you must follow the latest government guidelines on the NHS website regarding self-isolation and quarantining, which can be found here:

 www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

Self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test, confirm the positive result with a free NHS test. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating.

If you receive a positive result, irrespective if you are experiencing no associated symptoms for COVID-19 you must follow the latest government guidelines on the NHS website regarding self-isolation and quarantining, which can be found here:

 www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

Self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test, confirm the positive result with a free NHS test. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating.

This means the test did not detect the presence of viral proteins in the nasal sample taken. However if you develop COVID-19 symptoms such as a high temperature, fatigue, a new continuous cough or loss of taste and smell, you must follow the government guidelines to stay at home and contact the 111 online coronavirus service.

The test results mean that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing therefore valid only at time of testing.

The Rapid Antigen Testing kits sold by YourTest are CE approved, this means they conform with health and safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area.

Our COVID-19 screening programme for businesses gives a company the ability to take back some control, knowing where the virus has been, identifying & limiting the potential damage asymptomatic staff members are causing by spreading the virus without knowing. This knowledge gives the business the information to effectively plan, reorganise and mitigate the effects to the wider staff population with our low cost screening programme.