Have you done the Quantitative Antibody Test? That is a question you must have heard before. You probably heard it after you got the COVID-19 vaccine or were infected by the virus. If your answer is no, then the supposed friend (the one that gives medical advice even though he or she is not a doctor) will advise you to do so. A lot of people are in your shoe and they belong to either the category of being vaccinated or being infected in the past. Most might not buy the idea of going for a Quantitative Antibody Test. Further down, more light will be shed on the purpose of the advised test. Back to the first question; if your answer is yes, then why did you do the test? You might not know the purpose but dive deeper and you might know why.
The second or third big question in times like this. Before the test can be defined, our attention must be drawn to the two types of Antibody Tests that are in existence; Qualitative Antibody Test and Quantitative Antibody Test.
Qualitative Antibody Test: This test is done to show if your body developed a COVID-19 antibody (IgG) after being infected or vaccinated. It is a yes or no type of test and as such does not state the number of antibodies present and strength of immune response. It just shows whether your body developed it or not. That’s all.
Quantitative Antibody Test: The test is conducted to detect IgG and IgM antibodies in the blood of a person post COVID-19 infection and vaccination. It does all the Qualitative Antibody Test would do and more. It states how much COVID-19 antibodies are present and reveals the strength of your immune response.
What to Expect
Some post-COVID-19 patients think they can’t get infected again. The same line of thought is also found with patients who get a positive Quantitative Antibody Test result. This line of thought is a conclusion that should not be arrived upon by the patients. Rather, having a Doctor’s Consultation should assist you in reaching a conclusion that is still not final as more elaborate studies are being conducted on the COVID-19 virus. Studies carried out by Vineet Menachery, an Immunologist in the University of Texas Medical Branch show how tricky it can be to arrive at such conclusions.
However, The Women’s Wellness Centre states that a positive antibody test result has been shown to protect against the COVID-19 virus for at least 6 months (studies might not have been conducted at the Centre). There is a side note to that statement: “Not everyone will develop an antibody response to COVID infection or vaccine.”
When to do the Quantitative Antibody Test
The test should be done 14 days after symptoms consistent with COVID-19 started and after 14 days after the first COVID-19 vaccination.
It is still unclear to researchers how long the COVID antibodies last. It is also important to note that the Quantitative Antibody Test can’t detect the presence of acute COVID-19 infection. The Quantitative Antibody Test is never a substitute for the COVID-19 test.
To book a Quantitative Antibody Test, call or send a WhatsApp message to: 08081111121. Also to book a consultation with our Doctor about the test and general COVID concerns, call or send a WhatsApp message to the contact above.