Atlanta residents who have been instructed by a doctor to get an antibody test may feel uncertain about how to obtain them. Drip Hydration explores the antibody test and the most convenient testing options available in Atlanta.
Understanding the Covid-19 antibody test
Unlike PCR and rapid antigen tests, which test for a current Covid-19 infection, the antibody test determines whether you previously had Covid-19 and have since recovered. Past infection is evident from the presence of antibodies, which are disease-specific proteins made by your immune system to help fight off infections. The test can determine if you had a previous infection whether or not you ever developed symptoms.
Antibody tests are done via blood draw or finger stick. Some versions of this test require lab processing, but select providers offer a rapid antibody test that can return results within 15 minutes. You should only get an antibody test if directed to do so by a doctor.
Where can I get an antibody test in Atlanta?
Because the need for antibody tests is less common, it is generally more difficult to find places that provide them. Places that Atlanta residents may be able to get antibody tests include:
- Certain healthcare providers (your doctor may be able to test you)
- Private clinics or pharmacies, like CVS
- In-home medical service providers
Which antibody testing option is best for me?
There are lots of factors that may impact which option you choose. If you live alone and are not concerned about further risk of exposure, scheduling an antibody test at a doctor’s office or clinic may not seem like a big deal. If you have young children who need to be tested, or if you need to reduce risk of exposure for yourself or someone in your household who is in a vulnerable group, testing options become much more relevant.
Getting tested at home by an on-site medical service provider like Drip Hydration is one of the safest and most convenient options available. These services will send a nurse to your home and administer a blood draw for antibody testing to you and others in your household. The nurse will then submit samples to a lab for processing, and the service will contact you once results come back.
Getting tested at home offers the most convenience with the lowest risk of exposure to Covid-19.
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Get Tested At Home With Drip Hydration
Let Drip Hydration help you and your family with getting an antibody test in Atlanta. With as little as 24 hours notice, one of our expert nurses can visit your home and administer blood draws to you and your family for antibody testing. Our turnaround time for results is 48-72 hours for our standard antibody test and within 15 minutes for our rapid antibody test.
Between our group discounts, and some PPO insurance holders being eligible for partial reimbursement, our services may not be as expensive as you think. We’re just a call or click away!