About the Test
- COVID-19 IgG antibody testing, also known as serology testing, checks for a type of antibody called immunoglobulin G (IgG).
- If you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, your body typically produces IgG antibodies as part of the immune response to the virus.
- It can take at least two weeks after exposure to develop antibodies.
- This type of COVID-19 test is for individuals who think they may have had COVID-19 and do not currently have symptoms.
- You can get the test through our office. The test itself is $100. You will be given a receipt for you to submit to your insurnace company for possible reimbursement.
- To receive your test results, you will need to sign in or create a Patient Portal account after your appointment has been scheduled.
This test is not an at-home test.
This test does not tell you if you have an active COVID-19 infection.
If I get tested, what will the results tell me?
Your test results may help identify if you were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 and, if so, whether or not your body has developed antibodies. Although having antibodies usually gives immunity from further infection, there is not enough evidence at this time to suggest that people who have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are protected against future infections from the virus. Results from this test also will not provide information on whether you can spread the virus to others and is not used as a basis for diagnosis.
A variety of factors can impact the results from the antibody test including the time the test was taken after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the absence of or time since exposure to the virus, or the lack of an adequate immune response, which can be due to conditions or treatments that suppress immune function.
Additionally, serology (antibody) tests may detect IgG antibodies from previous exposure to coronaviruses other than SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). This can cause a false positive result.
Your results will be provided to you through our secure online portal to view or print. Your results will be reported to public health authorities where required by law.
How Can I Get This Test?
This test can be ordered through Dr. Wehling, either in-person or via a Virtyal Visit. The test can also be conveniently requestested by scheduling at appointment through our online scheduler and selecting the “COVID-19 Antibody Test“.
Once the test order is placed, your antibody blood test is collected at the LabCorp patient service center in Lincoln at 630 N. Cotner Blvd. If you are an out of town patient, the test can be performed at nearly 2,000 convenient LabCorp patient service centers, including LabCorp at Walgreens.
What should I expect when I take the test?
When you arrive at the LabCorp patient service center, a phlebotomist will take a blood sample. It is best to be well hydrated with water before taking the test but you don’t need to be fasting.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost is $100 for the COVID-19 antibody test. Dr. Wehling offers a convenient option where he will order your test and you will have an opportunity to consult about your result.* Abundant Life Famiiy Chiropracitc will provide you with an itemized receipt for the cost of the COVID-19 IgG antibody test that you can submit to your insurance carrier, or if uninsured, to the appropriate government program for possible reimbursement. Reimbursement can not be predicted or guaranteed. The cost of the test is based on rates established by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
*A physician’s order from Abundant Life Family Chiropractic is placed after the individual completes a short health questionnaire to determine if the COVID-19 IgG antibody test is appropriate. Dr. Wehling will determine whether to authorize your test request, if appropriate. After you receive your results, you will have an opportunity to have a consult with Dr. Wehling who can answer any questions you may have about your test results and help determine next steps. Appropriate referrals will be made if necessary. Results can also be accessed through the individual’s patient portal.
Should I Get Tested?
This test may be right for you if you:
- Are not experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19; information about COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the CDC website.
- Have not experienced a fever in the past 3 days.
- Have had or suspect you have had COVID-19, but have not experienced any new symptoms in the past 10 days (these symptoms include loss of smell or taste, difficulty breathing, feeling weak or lethargic, lightheadedness or dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea, slurred speech, and/or seizures).
This test is only available for persons 18 years of age or older.
Antibody tests may not be able to show if you have been exposed to COVID-19 because it can take at least two weeks after exposure to develop antibodies.
This test may NOT be right for you if you:
- Are feeling sick or have had a fever within the last 3 days.
- Want to understand if you currently have COVID-19.
- Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 less than 10 days ago.
- Were directly exposed to the virus in the past 14 days.
- Have a condition that weakens your immune system.
This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. This test has been authorized by the FDA under an emergency use authorization for use by authorized laboratories. This test has been authorized only for the detection IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, and not for any other viruses or pathogens.