Your consent to be tested for COVID-19 antibodies

Please ensure you have read all the following information before taking your test, including the frequently asked questions below. If you attend your testing appointment, it will be assumed that you:

  • Have read and considered this information, understand that your participation is voluntary, and give your consent for this blood test to take place
  • Confirm that you understand the nature and purpose of this test
  • Understand that a positive test result will not mean at this point that you are immune to COVID-19
  • Will continue to strictly follow the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) rules regarding hand hygiene and the correct use of appropriate PPE at work, and maintain social distancing wherever possible, regardless of your antibody results.

Frequently asked questions for staff COVID-19 antibody testing

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about the testing. These explain more about the tests, how you will receive your results, and what each result means.

What is an antibody?

Antibodies are proteins that are produced by the body in response to infections, including viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 (the cause of COVID-19). Antibodies can be produced in response to the virus itself (i.e. when the virus enters your body) or in response to vaccination.

What is the COVID-19 antibody test?

The COVID-19 antibody test is a blood test which detects specific antibodies called SARS- CoV-2 IgG. A sample of blood is taken from a vein from your inner elbow as with other basic blood tests.

What is the reason for having an antibody test?

The antibody test for COVID-19 is very accurate in determining if there is evidence of past infection in your blood. When antibodies are detected it almost certainly means you have been infected with the virus. However, there is not currently enough evidence to confirm whether having antibodies against COVID-19 will protect you against the infection in the future. In some other infections, the presence of antibodies can provide a degree of protection. Therefore there is a possibility that people who have COVID-19 antibodies may have some level of immunity, but it is not clear to what extent and for how long. It is therefore crucial that you strictly follow the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) rules regarding hand hygiene and the correct use of appropriate PPE at work, and maintain social distancing wherever possible, regardless of your antibody results.

How will I receive my test results?

You will receive your results on the day 10-20 minutes after your test

I have received my COVID-19 antibody results and it says antibodies are Detected. What does this mean?

It means that antibodies against the virus are present in your blood. It confirms that you have been infected with COVID-19 at some point in the past.

I have received my COVID-19 antibody results and it says antibodies are Detected. Does it mean I am immune?

We do not know whether having antibodies against COVID-19 will protect you against the infection in the future. We do know that in some other infections, the presence of antibodies can provide a degree of protection. Therefore people who have COVID-19 antibodies may have some level of immunity but it is not clear to what extent or for how long. It is therefore crucial that you strictly follow the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) rules regarding hand hygiene and the correct use of appropriate PPE at work, regardless of your antibody results. If you become unwell again with COVID-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate and follow the government guidelines.

I have received my COVID-19 antibody results and it says antibodies are Detected but I have not had a fever or persistent cough since January. Is the test accurate?

The COVID-19 antibody test is extremely accurate. When antibodies are detected it almost certainly means you have had the infection. However, a large proportion of people only have minor symptoms so you might not have noticed them at the time. Some people will have had no symptoms at all.

I have received my COVID-19 antibody results and it says antibodies are detected but I’ve never had symptoms of COVID-19. Could I have spread the virus without knowing it?

A large proportion of people only have minor symptoms of COVID-19 so you might not have noticed them at the time and some people will have had no symptoms at all. If you weren’t experiencing symptoms it is unlikely that have passed on the virus to anyone else. This is especially true if you were following the infection prevention and control and social distancing advice. However, until there is more research undertaken about the virus in asymptomatic individuals we do not know for sure.

I have received my COVID-19 antibody results and it says antibodies are detected. Do I need to self-isolate?

No, you do not need to self-isolate. Having the antibodies does not mean you have a current infection, or the ability to infect other people.

However, regardless of your antibody results, you will need to self-isolate if:

  • You are currently symptomatic
  • You develop symptoms in the future
  • You have had a nose and throat swab during the past seven days and the swab was reported positive

I have received my COVID-19 antibody results and it says antibodies are not detected. What does this mean?

This result means that evidence of prior COVID-19 infection was not found in your blood. Most likely you have not had the infection, but it can take some time for antibodies to develop. Also, some people, especially those with mild infections, do not develop antibodies or only at low levels, that do not last long.

I have received my COVID-19 antibody results and it says antibodies are not detected. Does this mean that I am not immune and therefore should stay at home?

There is not currently enough evidence to confirm whether having antibodies against COVID- 19 will protect you against the infection. Therefore, there is still a risk of infection with COVID- 19. You do not need to stay at home but it is vital that you strictly follow the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) rules regarding hand hygiene and the correct use of appropriate PPE at work, and maintain social distancing wherever possible, regardless of your antibody results.

Who has access to my results?

Only you will have access to your results. We do not communicate your result with anyone else.

 

If you have further questions you can contact the Kaizen Health team by email at info@kaizen-health.uk

 

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