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Home Covid test kits from cerascreen®
Do you want to find out whether you already had Covid-19 without having noticed any symptoms? Are you interested in finding out if your body has already produced antibodies against SARS-CoV-2? Our Covid Antibody Test, an at-home Covid test kit, is helpful for people who want to check if they have already been infected with Covid-19.
In some cases, the coronavirus causes mild flu-like symptoms or even no symptoms whatsoever. As there are always cases where people infected experience only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, many people are unsure whether they may have already had the virus.
What is the antibody test for Covid-19?
If you have already had Covid-19, this can be determined via antibodies found in your blood. During the infection, your immune system produces specific antibodies that fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for Covid-19. Our Covid test kits from cerascreen® are blood tests that measure these specific antibodies against coronavirus in your blood.
With our Covid test kit, simply collect a small blood sample at home and send it to our medical laboratory using the free shipping envelope. Our medical partner laboratory will carry out the antibody analysis and will inform you within 12 to 48 hours after the sample has been received.
If your result is positive, it is highly likely that you have already had the virus. If antibodies to SARS CoV-2 are found in your blood, you may be immune to the virus. Researchers are looking at how people who have antibodies in their blood can be immune and thus avoid being reinfected with the virus. For many viruses, the body builds up immunity through antibodies after infection. Long-term trials are still needed to find out whether this is also the case with Covid-19.
Does vaccination help fight against Covid-19?
With the vaccine rollout in full swing in the United Kingdom, it is interesting to observe how herd immunity can be achieved through mass vaccination. With several Covid-19 vaccines available, including the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson and Moderna vaccines, studies are constantly being carried out to test vaccine efficacy against different age groups and different virus variants.
The launch of our new Covid-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Test, you can see just how many Covid-19 antibodies can be found in your blood following vaccination. Which antibodies are analysed with this health test? Antibodies against S1 spike proteins (anti-S1 antibodies), which can be detected after a Covid-19 vaccination or infection and antibodies against nucleocapsid proteins (anti-NP antibodies), which can be detected after a Covid-19 infection, are measured.
Further information from the Irish Health Service (HSE)
Not everyone who has been infected with Covid-19 develops such strong symptoms that they need to go to the doctor. And not everyone gets tested. This makes it difficult for researchers to estimate how many people have been infected with Covid-19 and how many might have been infected. An antibody test can be used to find out how many people have been infected, so it is easier to track the spread of the virus – and also to track potential immunity. This is sometimes an important factor in deciding whether social distancing and other measures can be eased.
If you currently have symptoms of a flu or cold, then a test is probably not useful – antibodies cannot always be detected during an infection, only afterwards. If you want to test if you are currently infected, you need a PCR test to detect the presence of the virus.
Do you want to read more about Covid test kits in Ireland? Get the latest HSE information as well as helpful advice about the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) here on the HSE website.