COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING
At Southern California Multi-Specialty Center, we understand our patients and their families are searching for fast COVID-19 and antibody tests. We are doing everything possible to meet the need of our community. We now offer FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) COVID-19 Antibody Test at our facility.
Now more than ever we ask you to please be patient with our process. Your safety and the safety of our staff is our priority, which is why we have a strict sanitation process. We ask you to please be patient and expect potential delays for your safety.
Lastly, all of us at Southern California Multispecialty Center want to thank you for supporting us. Thank you for your patience and for your understanding. It is really an honor to be of service to you at this hour.
How do I get tested?
- For an appointment call: 818-400-9690 or Go to our Online Check-In
- You will need to fill out a pre-registration form and select the best time that works for you.
- Pre-payment is required for all testing prior to your appointment (credit/debit) or for walk-ins, cash is also accepted.
When are my results available?
Results are generally available within 48 hours.
You can pick up your results in person or you can access your results online (see below).
COVID-19 Antibody Test – What You Need to Know
According to the CDC, one of the main reasons COVID-19 has been transmitted so easily and quickly is because it is being spread by individuals who aren’t aware they even have the virus. These are known as asymptomatic cases. Unfortunately, the virus can be spread person-to-person through small droplets that are released from the mouth when someone speaks. Therefore, it is difficult to pinpoint how many cases of coronavirus there really are in the U.S. specifically as we do not have blanket testing available as of now. At this time, the available COVID-19 antibody test can help. The test itself involves examining a small sample of someone’s blood to detect proteins in the immune system (known as antibodies).
SARS-CoV-2 Serology (COVID-19) Antibody (IgG), Immunoassay - Detection IgG antibodies may indicate exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). It usually takes at least 10 days after symptom onset for IgG to reach detectable levels. An IgG positive result may suggest an immune response to primary infection with SARS-CoV-2, but the relationship between IgG positivity and immunity to SARS-CoV-2 has not yet been firmly established. Antibody tests have not been shown to definitively diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection. Positive results could also be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E. Diagnosis of COVID-19 is made by detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA by molecular testing methods, consistent with a patient's clinical findings. Thus, at this time the results of this test with findings of and presence of these antibodies can be an indication that the person has had the virus and since recovered.
COVID-19 Antibody Test – Frequently Asked Questions
Refers to a test that examines a small amount of blood for the presence of proteins in the immune system called antibodies. When someone has contracted and recovered from COVID-19, these antibodies are present in the blood.
No. Both tests differ in a multitude of ways. For one, the COVID-19 test utilizes a nose and oral DNA swab. This test also checks for current COVID-19 infections, whereas the antibody test is for those who have already had the virus and recovered. Additionally, the antibody test involves a blood sample rather than a DNA swab.
A COVID-19 test determines if you currently have the virus. Meanwhile, an antibody test determines if you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and your body has made antibodies.
As this is a blood test, a blood draw (intravenous) is required.
- Go to QuestDiagnostics
- Create an account (DOB, phone, address, and email is required).
- Once you have completed registration, you will receive an email to confirm your account.
- Your results will be in your MyQuest Portal and an email will be sent notifying you that you have results.
No, only the individuals that are getting tested should come. This helps to reduce unnecessary exposure.