What is this antibody test?

  • In general, an antibody test is used to determine if a person has been exposed to and has an immunity to an infection.
  • We do not yet know if having antibodies to COVID-19 will offer any future protection from this virus.
  • Current antibody tests can NOT tell you if you are immune to COVID-19. That is because we do not know how long the antibodies will protect you from Coronavirus.
  • It is possible that this test can yield a false positive or negative result resulting in a false sense of confidence that a patient has protection against COVID-19.
  • In the future we will have a better sense of how relevant this test will be for determining Coronavirus immunity.

How do I get tested?

  • All patients are required to have a telemedicine visit to discuss antibody testing prior to having labs ordered and drawn.
  • Upon request parents of patients being tested will have an opportunity to schedule a nurse visit to have antibody labs drawn. The nurse visit will be billed to your insurance and results will be sent to your PCP.
  • We will have designated testing days/times available in order to streamline patient demand.
  • This test involves having blood drawn from a vein and results should be available within 1-3 days at Labcorp depending on patient demand.

Please watch the informative video from Dr. Suri  at the top of this page before requesting an appointment!

Please request all appointments for antibody testing via email at question@potomacpediatrics.com and allow 24 business hours for our team to contact you for scheduling.