We are pleased to be able to offer a blood testing service to our clients. This can be testing you require for travel or also for occupational or personal reasons. Both Sharon and Gemma are very experienced at taking blood from adults and children. We offer a range of tests, our standard tests are highlighted below. However if you need a test not on the list please contact us with your requirements and we will get back to you.
Covid-19 Antibody Test
About the Test
Antibodies are what your body produces if you have had coronavirus. They take 2-3 weeks to develop after you have had the infection. There are currently a variety of antibody tests available. Some of these are taken by a finger prick test and some by a blood test taken from your arm. The blood test is currently the more accurate test, but have to be sent to a laboratory for analysis. The finger prick test is done on site at gives a result in 15 minutes.
What Do the Results Mean?
If you have a positive test this means you most likely have had coronavirus at some point and your body has produced antibodies to it. Currently this is all the test means. It does not mean you are immune to the virus or that you can relax your approach to social distancing. As science understands the disease better this may change in time but currently you still must follow the government advice regarding social distancing even if you have a positive test.
If you have a negative test this either means you have not had coronavirus, or it could mean that you have, but you either have not produced antibodies or the levels of these are too low to detect at the time of the test. It is unclear how soon antibody levels diminish after the infection, but it is thought that it could possibly be as early as 2 months later. Coronavirus is also thought to provoke different parts of the immune system and in some people, this may mean you do not produce antibodies at all.
Therefore, with regards to antibody testing at this current time, although you may find the result interesting it cannot currently change adherence to social distancing. Therefore, stay safe, keep social distancing and wash your hands!
Testing at North Devon Travel Clinic
North Devon Travel Clinic is now able to offer you this test, but we would ask you to consider the above information first. Please contact us if you would like more information about this test.
Hepatitis A Antibody
Hepatitis B Surface Antibody
Hepatitis B Antigen
Hepatitis C Antibody
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