Home Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19)
This Home Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) is a blood test used to check if you have had the infection in the past or if you have been exposed to someone who has had the infection. It should be done at least 14 days after the first symptoms appeared or after being exposed.
NB: The Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) will not tell you if you currently have the infection. If you suspect that you have symptoms of a coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, then you should call 111 or your own GP.
The Home Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) is also not an instant test and you will not get a result that you can read at home. The test needs to be returned to the laboratory for specialised testing and the results will be emailed to you.
The Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) is a UK approved IgM/IgG antibody test to find out if you have had the infection or been exposed to someone with the infection in the past. It has been developed by Roche Laboratories and has been approved by the MHRA and is CE marked for capillary testing. More detailed information about this test can be found here.
We do not know for sure if having antibodies to coronavirus gives you any protection against future infection because this is a new virus. However, it is hoped that it will offer some degree of protection as is the case with other viruses. The Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) may be useful if you would like to know if you have had the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. It may also be useful for employers or employees who are thinking of returning to work after self-isolation.
The specificity of the Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) is 100%. This means that the test will only be positive in people who have actually had the infection. There is zero chance that the test will be positive for any other reason (false positive).
The sensitivity of the Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) is 91%. This means that there is a 91% chance of detecting if you have had the infection. It also means that infections are not picked up in 9% of cases (false negative).
The blood sample for the Home Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) is taken by pricking your finger with a small sharp lancet. These are the same sort of small needles that are used by diabetics when they are checking their blood sugar.
Please watch this video showing how this is done, before trying to collect the sample. Written instructions can be found here. Only a small amount of blood is needed but some samples may be rejected by the laboratory because there is not enough.
Contains lancets, cleaning swabs, TINY blood container, and label.
Full instructions and postage paid envelope to send back to the laboratory.
You can post the blood sample for the Home Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) in the postage-paid plastic envelope that we provide. Please allow 2 days for this to reach the laboratory.
Results available: The results for the Home Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) take 2 working days after arrival at the laboratory * (Please allow time for delivery)
Results for the Home Coronavirus Antibody Test (COVID-19) will be e-mailed to you with an explanation of what the result means.
* Indicative timings only. Actual result may be earlier or slightly later.