COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The virus first identified in China has now spread globally, including in the United States. There is limited information available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with COVID-19 but it is likely spread to others from an infected person who may not show signs or symptoms of being sick. (e.g., fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, etc.)
Antibody blood tests, also called antibody tests, check your blood by looking for antibodies, which show if you had a previous infection with the virus. Depending on when someone was infected and the timing of the test, the test may not find antibodies in someone with a current COVID-19 infection. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections. Antibody tests should not be used as the only way to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19.
Source: Centers for Disease Control & PreventionCDC source
The cost of testing and subsequent provider appointment are covered by all insurances without co-payment. If you do not have insurance, your testing may also be covered by federal programs.
This test has been emergency authorized by the FDA. During a public health emergency, the FDA can use its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority to allow the use of unapproved medical products, or unapproved uses of approved medical products, to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases when certain criteria are met, including that there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Source: US Food & Drug AdministrationFDA source
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