Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend reading the following information before booking a MyCovid antibody test as this will provide the answers to most of the questions that you have. If you have any further specific question, please contact the clinic directly or contact MyCovid using the contact form.
Antibodies are produced by our immune system to fight infections. There are several types of antibodies, which are also known as immunoglobulins. The largest and first to be produced by the body when exposed to an antigen (a foreign substance, such as a virus, that triggers an immune response) is IgM which peaks about 7 days after developing symptoms and decreases over time. IgG appears slightly later, typically reaching a peak 28 days after infection. IgG tends to be more selective and can persist lifelong.
The Covid-19 antibody test measures both of these antibodies so it can give an indication to whether you have had the infection recently, previously, not at all or that you have no detectable antibodies despite a previous positive test.
No home testing kits have received a CE Mark and there are no testing kits in the UK for home testing. It is currently illegal to supply test kits to members of the public in the UK.
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- Only people aged 16 years or over are eligible for MyCovid antibody testing.
- People currently experiencing symptoms consistent with Covid-19 are excluded from testing.
- People with educational needs, memory problems or dementia who are unable to consent for themselves are excluded from testing.
- Certain testing centres do not have suitable access for people with physical disabilities or wheelchair users, please check on the clinic’s information page.
- Certain testing centres do not have suitable facilities for hearing or visually impaired people, please check on the clinic’s information page.
There are hardly any tests carried out medically that are 100% accurate. However, the Covid-19 antibody tests that we are using are manufactured in Europe, hold a CE mark (conforming to health, safety and environmental protection standards within Europe) and approved for professional use by the MHRA (the UK regulator for medicines and medical devices) CE-IVD regulation. The test kits have been independently tested in a clinical study report.
The test has a sensitivity of 98.58% (correctly identifying the presence of antibodies) and a specificity of 97.94% (correctly identifying the absence of antibodies) and that your results may show a false negative (when you have had Covid-19 but this is not detected by the test) or less frequently a false positive (when you have not had Covid-19 but the test reports positive antibodies).
The test is performed using a drop of blood obtained from the fingertip in a similar way as checking blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. It will be necessary to prick the fingertip with a needle to obtain the sample; this may be a little uncomfortable but not painful. In some situations, if the practitioner is unable to obtain an adequate sample from the fingertip, they may wish to take a blood sample from the arm using a needle and syringe.
For your protection, you will complete all necessary paperwork electronically and show photographic identification at the allocated time of your test.
It is important that you are arrive for your test at the designated time, please do not arrive early as you will not be admitted until the time of your test and will have to wait outside.
Please do not turn up without an appointment as you will not receive a test.
Most clinics will offer in-clinic testing although some sites will offer in-car testing. The choice is depending on the risk assessment and circumstances of each individual clinic. The test results and process will not be affected by either method.
For in car testing, you must remain in your car whilst the test is performed and pass you arm out of the car window. Testers will be wearing personal protection equipment for each test and processes are in place to ensure there can be no cross-contamination. You will be allocated a car parking bay for your test, please ensure that the person receiving the test is adjacent to the test facility (i.e. drive in forwards or reverse, depending on whether the person being tested is the driver or passenger).
For in clinic testing, the clinic will have performed a risk assessment to ensure the route into and out of the clinic is as short as possible and clearly signposted.
For either method, the clinic will ensure best practice, confidentiality and dignity is adhered to.
You will receive specific information about your test centre at the time of booking and on the clinic’s MyCovid webpage.
The clinic will ensure that the testing environment is safe for you and will have implemented several measures recommended by Public Health. These will include all necessary PPE and how to apply and remove these, infection control measures, protocols for entrance and access to testing, disinfectant of all surfaces, door handles, etc, between tests, avoidance of contact with other people, removal of all non-essential items and clinical waste considerations.
You should wear a face covering when you attend for your test.
Following your test, your results will be sent as a text message to your mobile phone and further information to the email address that you supply when booking within an hour. You will receive either a positive or negative for both IgG and IgM. You will receive a report with your test result indicating what the test result means for you as well as a certificate confirming your test date and result.
You will also receive links to appropriate health care resources to inform you on the action you must take if the test result is positive and what you should do if you become unwell.
As Covid-19 is a notifiable disease, if your test result is positive, Public Health will be informed of your result including your name, address and date of birth. We take data protection very seriously and will only include the required details which will be sent securely.
Please refer to our data protection policy for full information.
No, if you have antibodies to Covid-19 you are likely to develop some immunity to the disease, but it does not guarantee immunity and re-infection may be possible. Even with the presence of antibodies, you must still obey Government guidelines and social distancing.
It is also unknown how long antibodies may persist and immunity may disappear over time or if there are any changes to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Yes, if you have had the infection without symptoms and it has triggered an immune response, the test will confirm this.
Even in the absence of any symptoms, depending on when you were possibly infected, you may still need to follow Government advice with regards isolation.
If you need to know that you have had coronavirus, this test will be able to detect antibody levels and confirm previous infection.
However, antibody tests should not be used to detect current infection as it can take about a week after having symptoms before antibody levels become positive. If you are suffering with symptoms, you should have a PCR swab done which is almost 100% accurate in the initial phase. We do not offer these tests, but they are available free on the NHS.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
If you feel you may have symptoms of Covid-19, then use the 111 Online Coronavirus Service
You are not suitable for antibody testing, but you must attend for a free NHS PCR throat swab to confirm whether you have the disease or not. Ask for a test to check if you have coronavirus
If you test positive, you will be contacted by the testing and tracing service.
No, this is not possible.