COVID-19 Test Vs. Coronavirus Antibodies Test

Apr 23, 2020
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COVID-19 Test Vs. Coronavirus Antibodies Test

Are you wondering what type of coronavirus test you need? There are two different types of tests for coronavirus: the COVID-19 test and the coronavirus antibodies/antigens test. The COVID-19 test helps determine if you are currently sick from COVID-19. In contrast, the antibodies test looks at the antibodies in your blood to see if you have been exposed to coronavirus or whether you have had COVID-19 previously. Learn more about the differences between these two coronavirus tests from your Sugar Land emergency clinic.

Experiencing Symptoms of Coronavirus? 

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, head on over to our Sugar Land emergency room for your COVID-19 Testing. We have an FDA certified lab on-site that will handle the testing, for an accurate and expedited result in 15 minutes. Enjoy the comfort of our state-of-the-art hospital, in a controlled, no-wait setting. Considered an Authorized Laboratory under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 and St. Michael’s Elite Hospital and ER in Sugar Land has a complete scope of authorization for coronavirus testing.

Need a COVID-19 Antigen Test for Exposure Issues?

Call our Sugar Land hospital and schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 antigens test. Our COVID test returns results in our certified lab in 15 minutes. The test used is the Sofia SARS Antigen test and is approved for emergency use by the FDA. The Sofia SARS Antigen FIA provides automated and objective results in 15 minutes, allowing for testing of patients suspected of COVID-19/2019-nCoV exposure.

If you currently have symptoms of COVID-19, you will need the COVID-19 test. For this test, you will need to visit our Sugar Land emergency room for testing and treatment. Before your test, your doctor will need to rule out other causes of your symptoms, such as the flu, sinus infections, or respiratory infections. For the COVID-19 test, we will culture the secretions at the back of your nose and throat to determine if you have COVID-19. To do so, we perform what we call a nasopharyngeal test, which is where we place a swab up your nasal passage and toward the back of your throat. Then, we send the sample to our laboratory for testing. Additionally, we’ll monitor your symptoms in our Sugar Land emergency clinic for complications of COVID-19.

Some of the symptoms you may experience if you are suffering from COVID-19 include:

  • Fever & Chills
  • Cough with congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and believe you have COVID-19, come into the emergency room for testing and Sugar Land emergency care.

Think You Were Exposed to Coronavirus or Have Already Had COVID-19? Schedule an Antibodies Test at your Sugar Land Emergency Clinic

If you don’t currently have symptoms of COVID-19 but want to know if you’ve been exposed, you will need to take the antibodies test. We now offer coronavirus antibodies testing at our Sugar Land emergency clinic. The antibodies test is a simple blood test. Our laboratory will look at your blood sample to determine if you have coronavirus antibodies. These antibodies indicate you have been exposed to coronavirus or have already had COVID-19. Unlike the COVID-19 test for symptomatic patients, though, you’ll need to schedule an appointment for the antibodies test instead of visiting our emergency room. To receive an antibodies test, call us at (877) 980-5227 to schedule an appointment

At St. Michael’s Elite Hospital, we are here for you during the coronavirus outbreak by providing high-quality and efficient medical care to help you feel better as soon as possible. For emergencies or if you think you currently have COVID-19, please visit our emergency room for diagnosis and treatment. If you want an antibody test and aren’t experiencing symptoms, call us today at (877) 980-5227 to set up an appointment for the coronavirus antibodies test. Our team is ready to help you any time, day or night.