Covid-19 PCR & Antibody Testing

Was it a cold, a flu, or COVID-19?

Maybe you’ve asked yourself or have heard someone you know question whether their illness this past year was a cold, a flu or was it actually COVID-19. Because of how widespread symptoms and severeness can be, it can be confusing to know and hard to tell if we have been exposed ourselves, or if we can consider ourselves to be lucky to not have contracted the virus. Once you are exposed, your body creates antibodies that help protect your body moving forward.

What Are Antibodies?

Antibodies, also known as immunoglobulins, are proteins that are produced by the immune system to help stop intruders (like viruses) from causing bodily harm. If you have been Infected by the COVID-19 virus, you will begin to develop antibodies 7-14 days after contracting the virus. COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 IgG/IgM) antibodies can only be detected in your blood. IgM antibodies indicates recent infection (approx. 3-10 days) while IgG antibodies gradually appear and increase in the late stage of infection and increase once you have recovered from the virus.

Antibody tests may assist in understanding a patients previous COVID-19 infection status. Emerging evidence indicates that patients who have contracted the virus may develop immunity for a period of time, but it is unknown how long these antibodies persist in the blood stream to provide protection.

About the Tests

StageZero Life Sciences is a company that is currently providing the Beckman Coulter Access Antibody Tests which provide individual results with high sensitivity and specificity. This means that this test is specific to COVID-19 and will give you the most accurate results regarding your current or past exposure as well as recent immunity. 100% sensitivity and 99.8% specificity. Sensitivity is the ability of a test to correctly identify patients with a disease. Specificity is the ability of a test to correctly identify people without the disease.

Once clients have this insight, they may be more inclined to make informed decisions about their return to work or other activities. Once you have your simple blood test completed, you will receive a private and confidential report that is easy to interpret by encrypted email.

COVID-19 Antibody & Active PCR Testing

Thinking of travelling in the near future? More and more countries are now requiring travellers to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to confirm they are not currently infected with the virus before allowing entry.

Our Approach to COVID-19 Testing

Zulu Medical offers private COVID-19 active testing combined with antibody testing IgM/IgG in order to fulfill this travel screening requirement. In as little as 24-48 hours, you will have the required documents to travel and / or resume your chosen activities. Until there is a vaccine that is readily available to the general public, we must take the necessary steps and precautions to protect ourselves and our community. Take control of your health and give yourself peace of mind when it comes to COVID-19. It is important to focus on the things we can control and to not be fearful of the things we cannot.

The nurse or health care professional will put a cotton swab inside your nose to collect material. It won’t hurt but it will be slightly uncomfortable. This swab is sent to the lab to determine if SARS-CoV-2 viral material is present in your sample. For antibody testing a blood sample will be drawn and For Immunity testing this is blood test in clinic.