The following information is directly from Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory
The COVID-19 Antibody Test* is a simple blood test that uses superior ELISA technology to detect the qualitative presence of the human Immunoglobulin M (IgM) and Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies that bind to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the novel virus that causes COVID-19). The test can be used in both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals – making it a useful tool in identifying individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test is a critical tool in helping practitioners understand the trajectory of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its spread.
The Following Individuals Can Benefit from the COVID-19 Antibody Test:
- Individuals with confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19
- Individuals with suspected, but unconfirmed diagnosis of COVID-19*
- Asymptomatic patients who may have had a previous exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus
The Role of IgG and IgM Antibody Testing in COVID-19:
IgG and IgM antibodies indicate two different stages of the immune response to the COVID-19 virus. Understanding the IgG/IgM response to SARS-CoV-2 can help practitioners identify individuals exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and determine whether individuals may have developed levels of immunity to it.
IgG and IgM antibodies both play key roles in the progression and management of COVID-19.
- IgM antibodies are typically detected earlier in the course of an infection than IgG antibodies. Studies published to date indicate that IgM antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 are usually detected within the first week after symptom onset, peak within 3 to 4 weeks, and then begin to decline.3
- IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 are often detected after the first week of symptom onset. Although the longer-term trends for IgG antibodies in COVID-19 have not yet been established, previous studies in SARS indicated that IgG antibodies peaked within a few months after symptom onset, and gradually declined thereafter.3
* The COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test results should not constitute the sole basis for diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 but can provide clinicians with additional information to complement other diagnostic testing and individual assessment.
Dr. Amy's Thoughts on This Test
To learn further information about Dr. Amy's thoughts on this test, please join the Discussion Group (https://www.ch3nutrigenomics.com/) to read her post.
Please Note from Holistic Health International, LLCBy offering this antibody test, our hopes were that it may be beneficial for some individuals in which it would be difficult to attempt to get a nasal swab (such as those with health conditions that are uncomfortable with such action). Also, if someone is concerned that they had the virus but were not able to get a nasal swab in time to verify it (while they still had it in their nasal passage), then this test may help them to get an answer. Additionally, if someone is asymptomatic and wants to know if they have had it and recovered from it, they could run the test provided they have formed antibodies in their system. Lastly, if a person is concerned that they currently have the virus and do not have access to a nasal swab test, this option may be helpful, again provided they have produced antibodies.We are not claiming that this test is a better option than the nasal swab test or the antibody test available from other sources rather, we are trying to supply people with further testing options during this uncertain time.This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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