How can we detect an expired Covid-19 infection?
As of now, we can have a highly specific test for antibodies against corona viruses carried out in our Munich partner laboratory SYNLAB.
The test is performed by taking a blood sample and allows a statement about an infection with the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2).
If the human body comes into contact with the virus, it forms permanent IgG antibodies after about 10 to 14 days. These are detectable in the blood, regardless of whether the person has fallen ill or not.
What does a positive IgG test mean?
If the result is positive, the person tested has 'lived through' the infection. According to current scientific knowledge, this person is then considered 'immune' to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is not yetknown how long the immunity will last. However, at this point in time (and in the current state of knowledge), such a result is of importance in various ways for the person tested positive:
Whatdoes a negative IgG test mean?
If the test is 'negative', the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has not yet left any permanent 'traces' on the person tested. Either the patient has not yet had contact with this virus or the patient is in the early stages of infection -his body has not yet produced any permanent antibodies.
This means that..:
How do we perform the test?
For the test, we need some information from you about the course of the disease so far and contact persons. If you are not ill, we request information on your state of health and previous illnesses. Askfor a consultation appointment. We will then take a blood sample and send it to our laboratory in Munich. A few days later, as soon as we have received the results, we will ask you again for a short consultation in our practice.
If you would like to have yourself or your family member tested, please call us to make an appointment. You will receive further details from our secretary.
Information about the test.
Laboratory information (Dr. Raith, laboratory physician, SYNLAB Munich):
There are still many unanswered questions in the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, especially regarding the covid-19 disease caused by the virus and its subsequent damage. All the information we provide here is based on the current state of medical knowledge. With the great dynamics in all areas of research and therapy, new findings are being made every day. We make every effort to communicate them to our patients in a timely manner.