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COVID-19 Antibody Testing offered to the public for the first time in the United Kingdom (UK)
The United Kingdom (UK) will begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing to the general public in the coming week for the first time, British media reported on Sunday.
The UK government’s new programme is intended to produce data on antibody protections for people following infections by different coronavirus variants, including the more recent devastating Delta variant, according to details of the programme published by multiple media outlets, including Sky News and BBC.
From Tuesday, anyone aged 18 or over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, will be able to opt into the programme when receiving an RT-PCR test, Sky News reported.
What is COVID-19 antibody testing?
It is important to know what a COVID-19 antibody body testing is before volunteering to have one.
An antibody or serology testing is a blood test to search for antibodies in one’s blood that fight the COVID-19 virus. Antibodies are proteins created by your immune system that help you fight off infections and protect you from getting those infections for some period of time afterwards.
Why should I do antibody testing?
In COVID-19 public health care education, someone might ask, ‘It is necessary to do an antibody testing? Why should I do antibody testing? The reason you can opt to have antibody testing are:
- COVID-19 antibody testing will give information about the number of antibodies in your blood system and the ability of your body to protect you from the COVID-19 virus, including the more recent rampaging Delta variant.
- An antibody test may show if one has a current COVID-19 virus infection even if the symptoms manifest later on or not.
- Many people are not convinced about having a coronavirus vaccine at this stage for one reason or another. A COVID-19 antibody testing will help them know if they have immunity against the virus without getting the vaccination even though it still appears to be a safe, effective way to teach your body to create antibodies.
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How to get an antibody test
Decisions about testing are made by state or local external icon health departments or healthcare professionals.
Antibody tests for COVID-19 are available through healthcare professionals and laboratories. Check with your healthcare professional to see if they offer antibody tests and whether you should get one.
What does testing positive or negative for antibodies means?
Testing positive for antibodies even if you have never had symptoms of COVID-19 or have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine means you had an infection without symptoms, which is called asymptomatic infection.
Testing negative for antibodies means you may not have COVID-19 antibodies, probably because you have not had an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 or have not received a COVID-19 vaccine.
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