As it’s a new coronavirus, we are constantly learning and discovering information about COVID-19. From symptoms to testing, we have worked through many unknowns together, sharing the most up-to-date information as it becomes available.
As additional information circulates about antibody tests, Tryon Medical Partners patients across Charlotte and North Carolina have inquired about testing practices and practicalities. Wondering if you need an antibody test yourself? Below are the most frequently asked questions we’re receiving from patients and the answers to help you understand your options and best next steps, like a virtual visit.
What are antibody tests?
Serological (or antibody) tests are intended for individuals who may have had COVID-19 symptoms but are no longer symptomatic. The tests determine the presence of antibodies to the virus and can help to identify individuals who have been exposed to the virus.
How accurate are antibody tests?
Everyone creates antibodies at different times so choosing when to administer the test is just as important as whether or not a patient should have the test itself. Because of this, tests can often result in false positives and false negatives.
If you have the COVID-19 antibody, does that mean you’re immune?
A positive antibody test cannot tell you definitively if you are immune to COVID-19. The test can only tell you if you’ve been exposed.
Can Tryon Medical Partners give me a COVID-19 antibody test?
Antibody tests are available through Tryon Medical Partners, but there are many factors at play when deciding if an antibody test is right for you. Your doctor will evaluate your past symptoms and your specific situation to help you decide if a test is a beneficial course of action. For COVID-19 concerns, including questions about antibody tests, schedule a virtual visit with your doctor.
Are antibody tests covered by insurance?
Most major insurance companies are covering antibody tests, and evaluations to receive the antibody tests are covered by insurance the same way any office or virtual visit is covered.
Where do you go to get the antibody test?
Antibody tests are blood tests and must be drawn in a lab. All eight Tryon office locations are set up to perform these tests. Tryon satellite sites are designed to perform evaluations and COVID-19 tests; antibody tests are not available at these sites.
How long does it take to get antibody test results?
Results are typically returned between one and three days.
While COVID-19 antibody tests are available through Tryon, it’s important to discuss options with your doctor to find the best solution for your unique situation. To move forward with your trusted primary care provider on your side, you should utilize a virtual visit to cut through the confusion and mixed messaging that may be out there about antibody tests, and decide if they’re right for you.