How Early Can Coronavirus Antibodies Be Detected?
SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus responsible for the respiratory disease COVID-19, is a relatively new virus that researchers are learning more about every day. One of the many questions that’s currently being investigated is how early coronavirus antibodies can be detected in COVID-19 patients.
First, a little background. An antibody is a special protein that is produced by the body’s immune system in response to threats, such as bacteria and viruses, and works to neutralize these threats. Testing positive for antibodies specific to the novel coronavirus indicates that you may have previously had COVID-19. Antibody testing does not screen for an active infection.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says coronavirus antibodies can typically be detected one to three weeks after symptom onset. However, because COVID-19 doesn’t always produce noticeable symptoms, it’s difficult to definitively say how early antibodies can be identified. Most professionals recommend patients wait at least two weeks after they believe they were infected to receive an antibody test.
Coronavirus Antibody Testing at Fast Track Urgent Care
A full range of COVID-19 testing, including coronavirus antibody testing, is available at Fast Track Urgent Care in Silver Spring and Kensington, Maryland. Our fully equipped centers offer prompt and convenient testing services every day during extended hours. Plus, we accept most health insurance plans and offer affordable self-pay rates.
To receive an antibody test at Fast Track Urgent Care, schedule an appointment online or simply visit one of our locations when it works for your busy schedule. If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to take advantage of our convenient Virtual Visits.