Covid-19 Antibody Test Kit
- Roche Antibody Test - CE Marked
- FDA Approved
- 100% Sensitive
- Tests for previous exposure to COVID-19
- UK Government Approved Labs
- Public Health England Compliant Tests
Covid-19 Antibody Test Kit
Find out if you've had COVID-19.
Our certified coronavirus antibody test, tests for the presence of IgG antibodies that your body has produced in response to COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).
IgG Antibodies are generally used to identify sustained immunity to a virus.
The sample collection kit comes with all articles required to collect your sample of blood as well as a pre-paid envelope so you can send your results back to our partner UK based lab for free. Our accredited partner pathology lab is the largest in the UK, is regulated by Public Health England and processes results for public healthcare providers.
On purchasing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test online from our MHRA and GPhC Registered UK Pharmacy, you will receive your sample kit via Royal Mail and results will be given to you via a text message or through access to our online portal in 2-3 days of having the kit returned to the lab in the prepaid envelope.
At Cloud Pharmacy, our ethos has always been to put "people over profits" therefore we have decided to price this private coronavirus test service lower than any other online service or clinic. We will be happy to price match should you find the same test being offered for less.
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The Coronavirus Covid-19 antibody test is used to examine a sample of blood supplied by the patient to test for the detection of antibodies to the virus. What this means is that this test does not detect an active viral infection, instead it tests for those who have had the infection and have developed antibodies against the covid-19 virus. Antibody testing can tell whether a person has been previously infected. Most patients who recover from coronavirus have been found to produce antibodies, but it is not yet known if an individual with a positive result showing presence of IgG levels following being infected with SARS-CoV-2 will be protected, either fully or partially from future infection, or for how long protective immunity may last.
The antibody test is a lab test. This means you will collect a sample of blood at home and you will send it back to our government approved and regulated lab to be tested. Please note these are the same labs the NHS use to analyse samples.
The antibody test kit includes a pre-paid envelope for you to send your sample back, meaning you don’t need to pay postage. The blood samples are usually turned around within 24 hours once the sample has reached the lab; if you take your sample when you receive your kit, the whole process could take as little as 5 working days.
The Covid-19 antibody test is NOT a home test kit, meaning it is not like the ones you have seen in the news. These tests are government approved and the test is a lab test you will NOT get your results at home; antibody tests have been around for a very long time and this is the same analytical method that has been used in the past in laboratories across the world. Our partner pathology lab is one of the biggest in the UK, is regulated by Public Health England and processes tests for many public health providers.
What is an Immunoglobulin (Ig) G Antibody?
Antibodies are proteins that are found in the blood that makeup an integral part of our immune system. Antibodies are capable of killing or marking infected cells for destruction, upon marking certain cells for destruction, signals are sent to other immune cells to come in and destroy the infected cell to prevent it from causing further damage to other cells and your body.
There are five types of antibody: IgG, IgE, IgM, IgA and IgD. IgG is the antibody that is most abundant in your blood; it makes up roughly 75% of all antibodies in humans. The antibody (IgG) is produced by cells in your body called “B-Cells”. The antibody is “Y-shaped” and the top of the “Y” is where it will bind foreign substances (antigens) to signal other cells that comprise the immune system to come and help.
Since this IgG is the main type of antibody found in blood, it primarily helps control infection in the tissue meaning it aids in fighting against viruses, bacteria and fungi. Since IgG is such an abundant antibody, it clears out all foreign bugs through various different mechanisms. In clinical settings, measuring the level of IgG antibody helps to indicate an individual's immunity to a certain pathogen. Some of the most common examples where IgG antibody tests are used to test for serological immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), hepatitis B virus, and varicella (chickenpox) amongst others.
Are Covid-19 Antibody Tests Reliable?
The covid-19 coronavirus antibody test was discovered, designed and manufactured by Roche. Roche is a leading multinational medical device and healthcare company. The test received Emergency Use Authorisation, from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CE Mark in Europe.
The Roche Covid-19 antibody test is NOT a rapid home test kit, meaning it is not like the ones you have seen in the news. These tests are government approved and the test is a lab test you will NOT get your results at home; antibody tests have been around for a very long time and this is the same analytical method that has been used in the past in laboratories across the world. Our partner pathology lab is one of the biggest in the UK, is regulated by Public Health England and processes tests for many public health providers.
What Does the Coronavirus Antibody Test Show?
The coronavirus antibody tests, tests for the presence of IgG antibodies that are sensitive (can fight against) to covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The host immune system reacts to the infection by SARS-CoV-2 by producing antibodies from a few days to 2 weeks after the onset of symptoms. Specific IgG antibodies are produced in the later stages of infection to SARS-CoV-2, and are detectable after RNA is no longer detectable. The persistence of IgG antibodies allows identification of people who have been infected by SARS-CoV-2. Test development relating to SARS-CoV-2 is rapidly evolving. The IgG antibody for SARS-CoV-2 will be shown as “COV-2 IgG” when you receive your results.
What Do My Results Mean and How Will I Get My Results?
The results will be shown as the ‘level’ of COV-2 IgG present in your system. If you have a level greater than or equal to 1.4 of the antibody present, this means there is a chance you have immunity to Covid-19. If your level is less than 1.4 then you are unlikelyto have been infected or to have immunity.
You will receive your results via text message, it is therefore important you write your mobile phone number and input all your personal details onto the form provided when you send your test back to the lab.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) and When to Take the Test
Testing should be undertaken 14 days or more following exposure or onset of symptoms. The incubation period of COVID-19 ranges from between 1 to 14 days, with the majority of cases manifesting with symptoms at 3 - 5 days. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, dry cough and difficulty breathing. These symptoms have the potential to develop into a very severe acute respiratory illness. Evidence shows that fatality rates increase with age, gender, body weight, ethnicity and comorbidities.
If I Test Positive For Antibodies Against Covid-19 Do I Have Immunity?
Currently, we are unable to determine whether or not presence of the IgG antibodies specific for SARS-CoV-2 would indicate blanket immunity against the virus. In order to keep yourself safe and make sure others are also safe, it is vital you maintain good hygiene practices, social distance and follow government guidelines regarding isolation if you do feel you may have any of the symptoms.
It is hypothesised that those who have been infected and have antibodies against covid-19 in their blood are less likely to be infected again, however, because this strain is so new to humans the evidence base is thin.
Can I Order a Coronavirus Antibody Test Kit Online?
You can indeed order the test (collection kit) online. All the tests will be shipped using a next day service so you will more than likely receive it within one working day if you order during the week. Cloud Pharmacy works with a leading UK laboratory to ensure all testing is safe and reliable.