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SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibody Testing

Innovative Health Diagnostics
SKU: IHDCVAB

$96.87 per test

$5 pre-order fee

Helps individuals who want to assess their current immunity to SARS-CoV-2 with ease of collection and not determine if they have Covid-19 disease because unlike any other Clinical Diagnostics marketplace Meenta offers unfettered access to validated tests.

 

Available on August 12, 2022

Helps individuals who want to assess their current immunity to SARS-CoV-2 with ease of collection and not determine if they have Covid-19 disease because unlike any other Clinical Diagnostics marketplace Meenta offers unfettered access to validated tests.

 

The Fine Print

Purpose:  This COVID-19 quantitative antibody test can determine if a given antibody response can target the SARS-CoV-2 virus and neutralize it.

Benefits:

The Covam microarray utilizes lab-on-a-chip technology available for rapid coronavirus diagnostic and antibody testing of over 20 different antibody responses to 5 respiratory viruses, including 4 variants of SARS-CoV-2. Covam is a breakthrough immunology profiling platform developed by an mRNA vaccine innovator, Philip Felgner, PhD.

Sample type: Small blood sample

Turnaround time: 5-7 days from receipt in lab

Technology: Covam microarray

What are Covid Neutralizing Antibodies?

Antibodies are produced by your immune system after vaccination or infection in response to things the body perceives as foreign (pathogens). What’s cool about antibodies is that they can assume different shapes and go after lots of different pathogens.

When an antibody’s shape and electrochemistry match a feature of a pathogen, it can bind or said another way, it gloms onto the pathogen. Sometimes an antibody’s shape is not the right fit for a pathogen, but when it does fit the pathogen, it can stop it and it’s considered a neutralizing antibody.

Covid Neutralizing Antibodies then are just specific types of antibodies that are able to bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Once neutralized by this binding, SARS-Co-V-2 can no longer enter human cells or cause infection.​

In short, you want to have them and this test will let you know if you do.

Why take this test?

Antibody tests are not the same thing as Covid PCR or Covid antigen tests. You don’t use antibody tests to determine if you have Covid-19 or not.

The Covid Neutralizing Antibody test (also referred to as a CNAB test) helps you understand if your body is producing neutralizing antibodies in response to the vaccine or infection. In fact, the presence of these antibodies may speak to how your body will handle Covid-19.

Specifically, researchers found that participants with healthy levels of neutralizing antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 from the get-go had only mild symptoms when infected while participants who wound up hospitalized had initially minimal or undetectable levels of neutralizing antibodies at the start. See: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/scitranslmed.abm7853

Further, Neutralizing antibody levels can help predict your immune protection from a SARS-CoV-2 infection. See: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01377-8

When to test?

  • After your second or third Covid-19 vaccine dose to see whether your body produced neutralizing antibodies in response to the vaccine
  • After a Covid-19 infection to check your immune system’s reaction to the infection
  • To have a general baseline to help you decide on additional boosters

What will my results look like?

The test result will indicate if neutralizing antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus are present or not. If they are present or positive, you have mounted an immune response to the virus. A positive result should not be interpreted as meaning you won’t get infected again or that the severity or duration of infection will be reduced. It’s still not known how long antibodies remain after infection and even if the amount of antibodies confer protection from future infection. Memory B cells and T-cell responses are long-lived and the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 remains an area of intense research. See: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04527-1 and https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04460-3)

How is the specimen collected?

The on-line instructions will give you clear directions on how to perform the specimen collection.  In short, you will use the provided lancet device to allow for a small amount of blood to be collected into the BD Microtainer SST tube.  

What is included in my sample collection kit?

Included in your kit is:

  • BD Microtainer SST
  • Lancets (x2)
  • Gauze pad
  • Alcohol prep pads (x2)
  • Round bandages (x2)
  • Registration/Instruction card
  • Blood sample return bag
  • Specimen bag
  • Return envelope

How do I interpret my results?

Each results report comes with an explanation of your results. It is recommended that if there are any abnormal findings that you discuss them with a health care provider.

 

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