The corona virus has affected all of us and many people wonder if they have been exposed. Getting a corona virus test has not been easy. Here is good news, Create Wellness Clinics are now offering the areas first Covid 19 rapid telemedicine test that you take in the privacy of your own home to see if you have developed the antibodies for the Corona Virus. They ship the test kit to your home so you can avoid contact with others and a medical professional from Create Wellness Clinics will walk you through how to administer the test through a telemedicine call from the safety of your own home. Results from this test are quick, just 10 minutes. This Covid 19 Rapid Test is $119 and includes the telemedicine phone consultation. Covid 19 Test kits are in limited supply so order yours now, so grab your cell phone and dial #250 and say (pause) “Covid 19”. Again, on your cell phone dial #250 and say (pause) “Covid 19 ”. You will receive a onetime text message to book your appointemt. Please note that this test should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude Covid 19 and this test has not been reviewed by the FDA
Official names have been announced for the virus responsible for COVID-19 (previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”) and the disease it causes. The official names are:
severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
Some notes for the lay public on the Sars-COV-2 IgG and IgM combined rapid test kit. This kit is designed to verify if a person has developed antibodies for the Sars-COV-2 virus. Please realize results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status. Please note this test has not been reviewed by the FDA.
In a quick review, an antibody is an immune molecule that is produced by certain cells of our immune system. Another name for an antibody test is a serological test. When a person is challenged by foreign material (bacteria, virus, toxins, etc.) the first response of certain immune cells is to engulf these invaders (antigens) and process them biochemically. This biochemical processing essentially creates a blueprint that is used for the development of an immune response that results in the production of antibodies. The unique feature of antibodies produced in response to a virus or bacteria is that they are synthesized in such a way that they are highly specific for that microbe, which in this case is the Covid-19 virus. There are two main antibodies that we are concerned with in the testing. The first is IgM which is the first antibody that is detected in the Covid infection but it is typically short lived. The second antibody is IgG which remains in the blood and hopefully may provide long term protection. Unfortunately, we are still not sure how long this immunity will last.
The test requires a drop of blood on a test strip with the results known in about 15 minutes. The results basically are in three categories. If the test is negative than no antibodies are present. This means most likely the patient has not been exposed to the virus however it does not rule out a fairly recent exposure to the virus. IN ANOTHER WORDS, IT DOES NOT RULE OUT A COVID-19 INFECTION. If the IgM band is present this will typically signify that the patient has been exposed to the virus and his body is fighting the virus with antibodies. It does not confer immunity! This is a possibility that the patient will still become symptomatic from the virus. He will need further molecular testing to see if he is still shedding virus. If the IgM and IgG bands are present this confers that the body is mounting a longer and larger response to the virus. It still does not confer immunity. It requires further testing to rule out viral shedding. If only IgG is present, it signifies that the body has mounted an attack on the virus and has made antibodies. It is still recommended that a molecular test be performed to rule out viral shedding.
This test is not to be confused with the long swab test that goes into one’s nose. Swab tests are helpful at diagnosing patients having the disease but less helpful at assessing the spread of the virus. For that, experts have called for antibody tests. Health experts agree that widespread antibody testing, which can detect who has developed potential immunity against the virus, is essential for being able to ease social distancing measures and allow healthy people to return to work. Please realize results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status. Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.