2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019)
Update #22 – May 8, 2020
All About Antibody Testing
The COVID-19 antibody test (also called serology test) looks for antibodies in your blood. Blood will be taken and tested for two antibodies to the virus that cause COVID-19.
• IgM antibodies - antibodies that develop early in an infection.
• IgG antibodies – antibodies that are more likely to show up after you have recovered.
Tests for antibodies have been developed, but data is lacking on exactly what these tests mean. There is still much that is unknown about COVID-19 infection and antibody testing, but here are some facts about what is currently known.
What Antibody Tests Cannot Do
• It cannot tell you if you are immune to COVID-19.
• They should not be used by employers as a condition for employees to return to work
• It cannot diagnose you with COVID-19.
What Antibody Tests Can Do
• It can tell you if you may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
• It can help scientists and researchers to better understand how common COVID-19 infection is in the community
• It may be used to help identify potential blood donors for experimental treatment.
Learn more here about COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Animal Health Issues During COVID-19
It’s important to not only keep the humans in your family healthy, but to also keep the furry members of your family safe as well. Contact your veterinarian to learn what they’re doing to keep you and your pet healthy during COVID-19. They are still here to help! For other animal health questions, visit the NJDOH FAQ for Animal Health.
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