As testing has become more available, Firelands is offering services in order to provide COVID-19 tests to the community. It’s important to understand the difference between a regular COVID-19 test and a COVID-19 antibody test.
A COVID-19 test to diagnosis an active infection of COVID-19 is typically collected through a nasopharyngeal swab to determine if a patient currently has the disease. You must have a physician order in order to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 swab at our drive-through location. If you have been experiencing symptoms, reach out to your family doctor or schedule a visit with Firelands Virtual Care.
Antibody testing is used to determine the presence of a past infection. An antibody test is not used to diagnose the presence of active COVID-19 infection. Antibodies develop when the immune system responds to a germ, usually a virus or bacteria. There are many types of antibodies. The specific antibody test for COVID-19 looks for the presence of an antibody named IgG, which normally develops 3 to 4 weeks after infection.