UCHealth offering antibody tests for anyone with potential exposure to COVID-19
UCHealth has added antibody tests to its arsenal of tests for COVID19, and the antibody option is open to anyone in Colorado, the health system announced Thursday in a news release.
UCHealth is charging $100 for the COVID-19 antibody test and $85 for the nasal swab test. UCHealth encourages patients to check with their insurance companies for coverage information.
The antibody test, which is done through a blood draw, can determine if someone has been exposed to or been sickened from the novel coronavirus in the past. In contrast, the COVID-19 nasal swab test determines if someone is currently sick and is appropriate for someone who has symptoms of the virus.
With many patients recovering from COVID-19 and leaving hospitals, many people in Colorado are wondering if they might have been exposed and have antibodies but didn’t have symptoms.
Antibodies are molecules in your body that react to a foreign substance. If you become infected with a virus or bacteria, your body produces antibodies to fight that infection, and those antibodies might remain years after an infection.
“Many people have been interested in getting antibody tested because they want to know if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or they want to know if they are possibly immune to COVID-19,” UCHealth Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Richard Zane said. “Unfortunately, for now, the only thing we can tell you is that if you have antibodies, you have been exposed to COVID-19. We cannot tell you yet whether you are immune to it.”
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