Abbott coronavirus IgG antibody test


  • CE-marked coronavirus antibody test
  • Easy-to-use kit
  • Get results in 72 hours*
  • 99% accuracy*

26 May 2020 update: The MHRA have issued a review of at home test kits for coronavirus. We believe that the review will conclude positively in the coming days. Until this time Healthpath are placing a hold on further sales. Please check this page later for an update.   

 

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Why are we offering this test?

Effective testing is critical if we’re going to beat coronavirus together. It’s also a contentious issue. We at Healthpath are aware of the criticism surrounding private companies attempting to profiteer from coronavirus testing, and we get it.

We’re a values-led company, which is why this test is priced at no profit to us. We questioned whether we should offer a coronavirus test even on that basis. But we also recognise that we’re a company set up to provide testing—and we should do our part to help during this unsettling period. We’ve worked closely with an accredited UK lab to offer the most accurate and reliable coronavirus test available.

We’re cheering on the NHS and its plans to ramp up testing for everyone soon. Until then, we hope this limited number of tests can provide certainty and reassurance to those who need it most.

About the Abbott IgG coronavirus antibody test

Collection method: Finger-prick

Measures: Covid-19 IgG antibodies

Manufacturer: Abbott 

Turnaround time: 72 hours* (from receipt of sample)

Find out if you’ve been exposed to coronavirus with a simple, certified test.

If you’re exposed to coronavirus, your body produces special IgG antibodies as part of your immune response. These antibodies can be detected in your blood 21 days after symptoms appear and beyond. We don’t yet know if the presence of antibodies means you’ve developed immunity to coronavirus and are no longer infectious, but scientists are working hard to find this out.

This is not a test for active coronavirus. If you’ve experienced suspicious symptoms, it can tell you whether you’ve already been exposed coronavirus. For best results, take this test at least 21 days after symptoms first appear.

We have just 1,000 of these tests available.

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What you need to know

Consider the following to see if this test is right for you:

This test detects coronavirus antibodies.

It does not detect coronavirus itself. This means the test can tell you if you've already been exposed to coronavirus, but it can't show you if you are currently infected with it.

Coronavirus research is new.

Studies show this test has high specificity and sensitivity* at detecting antibodies, but the sample sizes have been very small to date. Figures may change as research develops.

We want to help where we can.

To help keep our workforces going, we're offering this test at a no-profit price. If you're a healthcare or other key worker, please get in touch to find out how we can help you.

This is well-established technology.

Although the coronavirus-specific test is new, its ELISA technology is highly regarded. It's the same technology as that used in SARS tests.

It’s possible to take the test too early.

We want you to get the most accurate result possible. Best results are seen 21 days (or more) after symptoms emerge, so it’s important you pick the right time to take the test.

The test is for information purposes only.

The test can tell you whether you have coronavirus antibodies in your blood. For follow-up advice, you should consult government guidelines and NHS advice.

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How it works

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Receive your kit

Order and receive your coronavirus antibody test kit within 3 working days.

A home lab test kit

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Perform your test

Complete the test at home. Return your sample to the lab using a prepaid envelope.

Taking a lab test

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Get your results

Learn whether you’ve had coronavirus with a simple report that’s delivered online.

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Important Disclaimer: Be an informed consumer

May 26th 2020 update; The MHRA have issued a review of at home testing kits for coronavirus, we believe that the review will conclude positively in the coming days. Until this time Healthpath are placing a hold on sales of coronavirus antibody test kits. Please check this page later for an update.   

*Abbott claim their test is 100% sensitive (88 Samples) and 99.6% specific (1070 Samples). Our partner lab have run our their own verification of these claims and achieved a sensitivity of 98.5%
(132 Samples) and a specificity of 99.5%. (186 Samples). This test may not accurately detect antibodies in people who have compromised immune systems or are using drugs that suppress the immune system, because their antibody response may be slower or weakened. You rely on the test at your own risk and as with any medical test, 100% accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Negative results obtained with COVID-19 IgG antibodies are only indication that the specimen does not contain detectable level of antibodies and any negative result should not be considered as conclusive evidence that the individual is not infected with the virus.  

 The existence/extent/length of any immunity has not yet been definitively established. It is essential that you follow NHS and government guidelines for coronavirus and consult your doctor if appropriate.

 

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Integrity

We are offering this test kit at as low a cost as possible, so that it’s available to more people. Please get in touch to see how we can help if you're a healthcare or other key worker.

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Responsibility

It’s essential that every test used helps to beat the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why you are instructed to contact the NHS if you receive a positive result.

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We believe this is the best test currently available, but it’s under constant review. We're keeping on top of the research to see if even more sophisticated diagnostics emerge.

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Frequently asked questions

How accurate is the test?

Abbott claim their test is 100% sensitive (88 Samples) and 99.6% specific (1070 Samples). Our lab have run our their own verification of these claims and and achieved a sensitivity of 98.5%
(132 Samples) and a specificity of 99.5%. (186 Samples).

This test may not accurately detect antibodies in people who have compromised immune systems because their antibody response may be slower or weakened.

Is this coronavirus antibody test legitimate?

Yes, this is a CE-marked test for identifying SARS-CoV-2. It uses established enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technology to identify antibodies in blood.

Only small-scale research has been conducted so far, but it shows that this test has very high sensitivity and specificity for identifying COVID-19 IgG antibodies in the blood.

How does the coronavirus antibody test work?

When your body is exposed to coronavirus, your immune system produces coronavirus-specific IgG antibodies. These antibodies help your immune system remember the virus, so it’s better equipped to fight it if it comes across it again. Antibodies can generally be detected in your blood 21 days after symptoms appear.

For this test, you collect and send off a small sample of your blood (obtained via a finger prick). In the lab, technicians mix your blood sample with a special fragment of coronavirus. If antibodies are identified, it shows that your body has already encountered coronavirus.

This does not mean you are in the acute (current) phase of the infection. This test shows you whether you’ve already been exposed to coronavirus. Please note that the existence/extent/length of immunity has not yet been definitively established.

What do I do if the result comes back positive?

If you receive a positive result, it’s important you dial 111 to receive further instruction from the NHS. The Healthpath team cannot offer any guidance.

Whatever your result, it’s essential that you follow government guidelines and NHS advice.

Can I get a false positive result?

According to the best available research, this test has high specificity, which means you are unlikely to get a false-positive result. However, like any medical test, 100% accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

 

 

Can I get a false negative result?

This test identifies antibodies that develop 21 days after symptoms emerge. If you take the test too early, there’s a chance that antibodies won’t yet be identifiable, which means you’ll get a false-negative result.

For the most accurate results, wait for at least 21 days after symptoms first emerge and then take the test. The best available research shows that, when taken at the right time, this test has high sensitivity.*

Healthpath accepts no responsibility for tests that deliver a false-negative result.

* Research to determine the accuracy of the test is based on relatively small clinical studies. Patients with low immunity or other diseases that affect immune function, failure of important systemic organs, and use of drugs that suppress immune function can also lead to negative results of new coronavirus IgG. Bacterial or fungal contamination of serum specimens or reagents, or cross-contamination between reagents may cause erroneous results. Water deionized with polyester resins may inactive the horseradish peroxidase enzyme.

What is in the test kit?
1 x test instructions
1 x blood collection vial
1 x blood collection vial transport tube
1 x request form with peel-off vial label
3 x lancets
2 x alcohol wipes
1 x saline wipe
2 x plasters
1 x pre-paid postage envelope
How will I know how to take the test?

You receive full instructions in your test kit. You can also download instructions here.

Can I get this test on the NHS?

This test is not yet available on the NHS.

Can Healthpath give me personalised advice?

The Healthpath team can give no follow-up advice for any coronavirus antibody test, regardless of whether the result is positive or negative.

In taking this test, you accept full responsibility for the meaning of test results and any necessary actions that arise from test results. It’s essential that you follow NHS advice and government guidelines for coronavirus.

 

Is there anyone who shouldn't take the coronavirus antibody test?

If you’re in the acute phase of infection (i.e. you’re experiencing what you believe to be coronavirus symptoms), it is not advisable to take this test.

Wait for at least 21 days after the first symptoms emerge and then the test. This will make the test as accurate as possible.

Individuals with low immunity or other diseases that affect immune function, failure of important systemic organs, and use of drugs that suppress immune function can also lead to negative results for coronavirus antibodies.

Healthpath accepts no responsibility for tests that deliver a false-negative result.

Why is Healthpath donating to charity for this test?

It’s important to us at Healthpath that we do our part to help. This pandemic affects us all.

We have only 1,000 coronavirus tests to offer but, we hope that by using some of their cost to donate to charity, we can extend our help further.

The donation is set to £10 per test kit. If you would like to donate more when you buy one, please let us know.

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