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Antibodies (also called immunoglobulins) are proteins made by the immune system. Their job is to recognize and get rid of germs. After they’re made, antibodies usually stay in our bodies in case we have to fight the same germ again.
Antibody testing lets doctors look for antibodies in blood. This sometimes can show if a person was infected by a virus or other germ in the past.
Scientists have developed antibody tests for coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing a small blood sample lets doctors look for antibodies that a person’s body may have made to fight the virus.
Some of these tests work better than others. The virus that causes COVID-19 is only one type of coronavirus — other types can cause colds. Sometimes, the tests can’t tell the difference between COVID-19 and the other types of coronaviruses.
Also, doctors don’t know if having antibodies to coronavirus (COVID-19) protects a person from being infected by the virus again. If there is protection, they don’t yet know how long it might last.
Talk to your doctor to see if antibody testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is right for you or your children.
An antibody test for coronavirus (COVID-19) uses a small blood sample. To get the sample, a health professional will:
Sometimes an antibody test can be done with a “fingerstick.” The health professional will clean the finger, then prick the tip of it with a tiny needle (or lancet) to collect the blood.
Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites for information about testing and other updates on coronavirus.
Looking for information about coronavirus (COVID-19)? Find articles and videos that explain what this virus is, how to prepare for it, how to talk to kids about it, and much more.
There’s still much to learn about COVID-19. Still, parents wonder what to do if their child gets sick during the pandemic. Here’s what doctors say to do if your child has coronavirus symptoms.
We’re learning more about coronavirus (COVID-19) every day. Here are answers to some questions you may have about symptoms, care, and protecting your family.
Anyone who is sick â even if they don’t know for sure they have coronavirus (COVID-19) â should stay home unless they need medical care. This helps prevent the illness from spreading to others.
A drive-thru testing site is a place where parents and children stay in the car while a health care provider does a test.
Blood tests and insulin injections can be a challenge for kids with diabetes and their parents. Here are some strategies for coping with these necessary procedures.
The immune system, composed of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that protect against germs and microorganisms, is the body’s defense against disease.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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