This test is used to identify if someone has had the virus and can give an indication of whether the virus is still present in the donor’s system. Rapid antibody testing is a simple blood spot test using a lancet and pipette – with results in 15 minutes.
IMPORTANT: Please note that this test will not provide you with a diagnosis of Covid-19, it is only to be used to detect the presence of Covid-19 antibodies.
When to use this test
Employees should use this either following isolation for 7 days, or before returning to work, whether the employee has experienced symptoms related to viral infection or not.
Using the test
This is a basic blood test:
Step 1: Collect blood sample using the lancet provided in the testing kit (this is usually drawn from the finger)
Step 2: Add the blood sample to the sample well
Step 3: Place 2 drops of buffer in the sample well
Step 4: Read results after 15 minutes
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Please note that this test will not provide a diagnosis of Covid-19, it is only to be used to detect the presence of Covid-19 antibodies.
The test identifies both IgM and IgG antibodies to identify whether Covid-19 infection is present in the system.
An IgG antibody indicates exposure to the virus in the last 7-28 days but that the body is ﬁghting the virus off. If an antibody test just shows an IgG antibody then current research would indicate that the donor is probably no longer infectious. Please note that IgG can remain in the system for up to 40 days.
An IgM antibody indicates that the donor has been exposed to the virus in the last 7-28 days and that they may still be infectious.
Results can show both antibodies
The test can detect the presence of both IgG and IgM antibodies present at the same time. This indicates that the donor may still have the virus and could still be infectious. The presence of the IgG antibodies does also indicate that the body is ﬁghting the virus, and that they could be on the road to recovery.
When this happens the best rule to follow is, if the test shows up IgM antibodies the donor should isolate and follow government advice.
How antibodies work
Invading viruses like Covid-19 get into your body, divide rapidly, and make you ill. Viruses have unique molecules on their surface called antigens, Your white blood cells detect these antigens and produce antibodies. Antibodies lock onto the Covid-19 surface. This means other white blood cells can find and destroy them. If you meet the virus again the antibodies for Covid-19 can be made so quickly that they destroy the virus before you become ill.
The coronavirus pandemic presents unprecedented challenges to business and the wider community. Rather than profit from the crisis, Recovery4Life have launched the 20/20 fund to put the profits to good use to pay for additional tests, hand sanitizing gel and facemasks for essential services
The 20/20 fund
The coronavirus pandemic presents unprecedented challenges to business and the wider community. Rather than profit from the crisis, Recovery4Life has launched the 20/20 fund to put the profits to good use to pay for additional tests, hand sanitizing gel, and face masks for essential services. Essential staff includes Domiciliary Care Workers, Food Banks, Home Helps, who otherwise may not be tested. A portion of profits from each test sold will be donated to the fund.