COVID-19: Antibody Testing Now Available At Westchester County Center

Katie Ramirez
May 22, 2020

"So, the bottom line is: don't spend money and time on any test unless you have a very clear idea of what the result does or does not mean for you".

But he added: "I would caution against using any tests that might be made available without knowing quite how good those tests are".

The World Health Organization says there is no evidence people who have recovered from Covid-19 and have antibodies are protected from being infected again.

The testing provides a way for individuals who test positive for antibodies to donate plasma, a resource that can help others who are actively battling COVID-19. Earlier this month, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced changes to the city's guidance on testing.

Coronavirus antibody tests will be available on the NHS following agreements between the government and pharmaceutical firms Roche and Abbott.

What kind of COVID-19 test can you get?

What people really need is a readily available, easy to use test that's accurate.

"Abbott's Architect SARS-CoV-2 test was developed for use by laboratory professionals only".

The test works by pricking your finger at home and blood drops are collected in the viral and they are sent off to a laboratory.

This type of test is being administered at sites throughout the city.

Offered by Westchester Medical Center Health Network, the testing began on Tuesday, May 19 by appointment at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

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"The antibody test is not meant to determine if a patient has a current infection", the release states. Their presence does not indicate that someone is immune, and it should be remembered that any post-infection immunity may dwindle rapidly...

"The problem with these tests will come with their interpretation in the wider context of preventing Covid-19 and SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Receiving a positive antibody test result does not confer immunity, and it is important that people understand a positive test result does not mean you can be any more relaxed with the required hygiene and social distancing measures as set out by the government".

The test, which will cost you £69, will tell users if they have coronavirus antibodies in their blood. So, in theory, the test can tell much sooner whether someone has the virus.

The test is done by analyzing a patient's blood sample. If you've recently developed symptoms that might be attributable to COVID-19, you should wait until at least 14 days after the start of those symptoms to test for these antibodies, since it can take that long to develop them.

While launching the Covid-19 antibody test on Wednesday, Superdrug's Healthcare Director Michael Henry reportedly said it was Public Health England-approved and that the retail chain was "confident of its accuracy and reliability".

What other COVID-19 tests exist?

What is an antigen test?

"It's not yet known which, if any, of these protect us against subsequent infection, but having these antibodies is a reliable way of confirming that someone has been infected previously".

He told the government's daily briefing: "The UK government has arranged supplies of these tests on behalf of the devolved administrations and each devolved nation is deciding how to use its test allocation and how testing will be prioritised and managed locally".

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