The DC Metro Area’s Passport Health offers COVID-19 antibody tests to anyone who may have contracted the virus. Our serology test involves taking a blood draw, which is then analyzed to establish the presence or lack of COVID-19-specific antibodies.
Passport Health relies on a test by Roche Laboratories, which has proved highly effective in published studies, to determine whether or not there are antibodies in the blood sample.
Have some questions? We have the answers.
Is the Roche Laboratories COVID-19 antibody test approved by the US Food & Drug Administration?
Yes. Roche has been granted FDA Emergency Use Authorization approval for COVID-19 antibody tests under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Does Passport Health offer tests for currently infected people?
No, the DC Metro Area’s Passport Health offices do not offer (PCR) viral COVID-19 testing for those with symptoms. We will perform the (PCR) viral COVID-19 test for asymptomatic folks who need it prior to travel or for credentialing (to gain hospital or other workplace access) purposes.
Antibody testing is designed to identify if antibodies are present, not if someone has an active infection. If you have symptoms and want to find a viral test site, please contact your primary care physician or a local health care provider.
How soon can I get COVID-19 antibodies tested after becoming infected?
Centers for Disease Control guidelines indicate that the antibodies most often become visible 14 days or more after the first symptoms of COVID-19 are presented.
When you think you may have had COVID-19, finding out if you have the antibodies will help to put your mind more at ease. While Passport Health urges even those who seem to have previously had COVID-19 and have recovered, to remain vigilant in taking precautions from contracting and passing the virus along, knowing that you have SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies may allow for additional personal freedom and opportunities once the disease is better understood.