Coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody test – Get Tested South Africa

Coronavirus antibody test

Sale price Price R 600.00 Regular price

Description:

This test checks for the presence of IgG antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus spike protein — which can be detected by taking a blood test at least 21 days after your symptoms started. It won’t tell you if you currently have an active COVID-19 infection, only if you've already been exposed.

Please note that this test is unable to assess for immunity or the presence of antibodies after COVID-19 vaccination.

 

What is the coronavirus antibody test procedure?

This test’s full name is the “serological enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay,” or ELISA for short. The test used is the international gold standard test method for the detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.

 

What does the fee cover:

- Initial eligibility screening

- 1x COVID-19 antibody test

- Results reporting and follow-up advice

- Pre and post-test virtual consultation*

 

What does the fee not cover:

- Treatment or treatment costs related to diagnosis.

- Any other laboratory fees other than for the COVID-19 antibody test.

- Only the first consultation in relation to the test conducted is included in the service. If there is any ongoing care needed, you are advised to seek in-person help at your nearest appropriate healthcare service provider.

- This service does not replace in-person or emergency care.

 

Who Should Get Tested:

- If you had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past but weren’t tested

- If your doctor thinks you may have the novel coronavirus and started symptoms -more than 7 days ago

- If you have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19 and you want to have a quick test done to check your status; or

- If you have recovered from COVID-19 and want to check your possible immune response

 

Who shouldn’t do this test?

Don’t do this test if you currently have symptoms of COVID-19 — this test won’t tell you if you currently have the virus. If you have symptoms please click here to use our COVID-19 testing and virtual consultation service. 

In rare cases, you might have been infected but not have developed antibodies. This can happen if you have a disease that affects your immune function or if you take immunosuppressants.

This test isn’t available to anyone under 18 years of age.


    Sample required:

    Finger prick , blood

     

    Average turnaround time:

    3-5 working days

     

     

     

    * Digital consultation will be offered based on the results of the eligibility screen as well as test results