LifeLabs launches an antibody test to help Canadians identify prior exposure to the Coronavirus
There is exciting news on the market today. LifeLabs announced the launch of their COVID-19 antibody test, a test approved by Health Canada to help customers and their health care providers assess and determine prior COVID-19 infection.
Antibody testing, also known as serology testing, is not used to diagnose acute COVID-19 infection. However, it can help people understand if they’ve had prior exposure —even if they were asymptomatic. Serology tests and results should not be used to rule out active infection.
Antibody responses to the virus take time to develop and vary for individuals. For the most accurate results, it’s recommended that the antibody test is ordered 3-4 weeks post-onset of symptoms or post-exposure. However, based on current studies, antibodies to the COVID-19 virus can be detected for several months post-exposure. It is also important to note that having COVID-19 antibodies does not infer immunity.
Currently, LifeLabs’ COVID-19 antibody test is available for individual consumer purchase in B.C. and Ontario at $75. Customers have the option to pre-pay online at lifelabs.com, or they can purchase at a LifeLabs collection site with a signed requisition from a health care provider.
Filed by: Jessica Clerke