About the Test
- COVID-19 IgG antibody testing, also known as serology testing, checks for a type of antibody called immunoglobulin G (IgG).
- If you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, your body typically produces IgG antibodies as part of the immune response to the virus.
- It can take at least two weeks after exposure to develop antibodies.
- This type of COVID-19 test is for individuals who think they may have had COVID-19 and do not currently have symptoms.
- You can get the test through your doctor or healthcare provider.
- You have the option to get the test through LabCorp.com. While the test itself has no upfront out-of-pocket costs, there is a $10 non-refundable service fee for the physician order through PWNHealth. The $10 service fee is not submitted to insurance for reimbursement.
- To receive your test results, you will need to sign in or create a LabCorp Patient™ account.
This test is not an at-home test.
This test does not tell you if you have an active COVID-19 infection.
Getting the test through LabCorp.com
is a 3-step process.
1. Find a LabCorp Location
Take a Quick
2. Take a Quick Health Questionnaire
3. Visit a LabCorp Location
How Can I Get This Test?
This test can be ordered through your doctor, either in-person or via telehealth; through a telemedicine program if offered by your health plan or employer, or through some employee wellness plans. The test can also be conveniently requested through LabCorp.com using an independent physician service, PWNHealth, to determine if the test is right for you.
Once the test order is placed, your antibody blood test is collected at nearly 2,000 convenient LabCorp patient service centers, including LabCorp at Walgreens.
How Much Does It Cost?
There are no upfront out-of-pocket costs for the antibody test. You can get the test through your doctor, healthcare provider, or through LabCorp.com. LabCorp.com offers a convenient option where an independent physician will order your test and you will have an opportunity to consult about your result.* The fee for this service is $10 and is collected on behalf of PWNHealth for physician oversight services. This fee is not submitted for reimbursement by LabCorp or PWNHealth and is not refundable. If the test is ordered through your doctor or healthcare provider, the $10 PWNHealth fee does not apply. Check with your doctor or healthcare provider for more information.
LabCorp will bill the cost of the COVID-19 IgG antibody test directly to your insurance carrier, or if uninsured, to the appropriate government program. The cost of the test is based on rates established by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
*A physician’s order from PWNHealth is placed after the individual completes a short health questionnaire to determine if the COVID-19 IgG antibody test is appropriate. An independent physician will determine whether to authorize your test request, if appropriate. After you receive your results, you will have an opportunity to have a consult with an independent licensed physician or other licensed healthcare provider from PWNHealth, who can answer any questions you may have about your test results and help determine next steps. Results can also be accessed through the individual’s LabCorp Patient account.
Should I Get Tested?
This test may be right for you if you:
- Are not experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19; information about COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the CDC website.
- Have not experienced a fever in the past 3 days.
- Have had or suspect you have had COVID-19, but have not experienced any new symptoms in the past 10 days (these symptoms include loss of smell or taste, difficulty breathing, feeling weak or lethargic, lightheadedness or dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea, slurred speech, and/or seizures).
This test is only available for persons 18 years of age or older.
Antibody tests may not be able to show if you have been exposed to COVID-19 because it can take at least two weeks after exposure to develop antibodies.
This test may NOT be right for you if you:
- Are feeling sick or have had a fever within the last 3 days.
- Want to understand if you currently have COVID-19.
- Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 less than 10 days ago.
- Were directly exposed to the virus in the past 14 days.
- Have a condition that weakens your immune system.
What should I expect when I take the test?
When you arrive at the LabCorp patient service center, a phlebotomist will take a blood sample. You do not need to do anything to prepare for the test.
If I get tested, what will the results tell me?
Your test results may help identify if you were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 and, if so, whether or not your body has developed antibodies. Although having antibodies usually gives immunity from further infection, there is not enough evidence at this time to suggest that people who have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are protected against future infections from the virus. Results from this test also will not provide information on whether you can spread the virus to others and is not used as a basis for diagnosis.
A variety of factors can impact the results from the antibody test including the time the test was taken after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the absence of or time since exposure to the virus, or the lack of an adequate immune response, which can be due to conditions or treatments that suppress immune function.
Additionally, serology (antibody) tests may detect IgG antibodies from previous exposure to coronaviruses other than SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). This can cause a false positive result.
Your results will be provided to you through our secure online portal to view or print. Your results will be reported to public health authorities where required by law.
If you requested the LabCorp COVID-19 IgG antibody test through LabCorp and PWNHealth, please see information below from PWNHealth about test results.
For more patient information about COVID-19, please visit our microsite.
This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. This test has been authorized by the FDA under an emergency use authorization for use by authorized laboratories. This test has been authorized only for the detection of IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, and not for any other viruses or pathogens. This test is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.