Coronavirus (COVID-19): Antibody Testingenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_02_2.jpgAntibody testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) involves taking a small blood sample to check for antibodies that the body may have made to fight the virus.2019-nCoV, coronavirus, COVID-19, antibody, antibodies, antibody testing, immunity, serology, immunoglobulins, serologic, coronavirus disease 2019, novel, Wuhan, corona, face masks, face coverings, 2019 novel coronavirus, cold symptoms, flu symptoms, China, CDC, WHO, Chinese virus, SARS, MERS, respiratory symptoms, dry cough, difficulty breathing, breathing trouble, fever, 2019-nCoV infection,infections, infectious, outbreaks, epidemics, pneumonia, child, children, kids, short of breath, incubation period, contagious, pediatric, pediatrician, handwashing, hand washing, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, respiratory droplets, coronavirus pet, coronavirus dog, coronavirus cat, coronavirus in usa, coronavirus update05/11/202006/09/202006/09/2020Larissa Hirsch, MD05/11/2020539706ad-099a-4dca-92af-3493a09ddc17https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-antibody-testing.html/<h3>What Is Antibody Testing?</h3> <p>Antibodies (also called <strong>immunoglobulins</strong>) are proteins made by the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immune.html/">immune system</a>. Their job is to recognize and get rid of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">germs</a>. After they're made, antibodies usually stay in our bodies in case we have to fight the same germ again.</p> <p><strong>Antibody testing</strong> lets doctors look for antibodies in <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/blood.html/">blood</a>. This sometimes can show if a person was infected by a virus or other germ in the past.</p> <h3>What Is Antibody Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?</h3> <p>Scientists have developed antibody tests for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus.html/">coronavirus (COVID-19)</a>. Testing a small blood sample lets doctors look for antibodies that a person's body may have made to fight the virus.</p> <p>Some of these tests work better than others. The virus that causes COVID-19 is only one type of coronavirus &mdash; other types can cause <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">colds</a>. Sometimes, the tests can't tell the difference between COVID-19 and the other types of coronaviruses.</p> <div class="rs_skip rs_preserve"><!-- TinyMCE Fix --> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-metadata.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-controller.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/single-covid-antibodies-en.js" type="text/javascript"></script> </div> <p>Also, doctors don't know if having antibodies to coronavirus (COVID-19) protects a person from being infected by the virus again. If there is protection, they don't yet know how long it might last.</p> <p>Talk to your doctor to see if antibody testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is right for you or your children.</p> <h3>How Is Antibody Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Done?</h3> <p>An antibody test for coronavirus (COVID-19) uses a small blood sample. To get the sample, a health professional will:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Clean the skin.</li> <li>Put an elastic band (tourniquet) above the area to get the veins to swell with blood.</li> <li>Insert a needle into a vein, usually in the arm inside of the elbow or on the back of the hand.</li> <li>Pull the blood sample into a vial or syringe.</li> <li>Take off the elastic band and remove the needle from the vein.</li> </ul> <p>Sometimes an antibody test can be done with a "fingerstick." The health professional will clean the finger, then prick the tip of it with a tiny needle (or lancet) to collect the blood.</p> <h3>Where Can I Learn More About Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Antibody Testing?</h3> <p>Check the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/serology-testing.html">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)</a> and <a href="https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/immunity-passports-in-the-context-of-covid-19">World Health Organization (WHO)</a> websites for information about testing and other updates on coronavirus.</p>Coronavirus (COVID-19): Prueba de anticuerposLas pruebas para detectar anticuerpos del coronavirus (COVID-19) consisten en extraer una pequeña muestra de sangre para ver si existen anticuerpos que el cuerpo creó para combatir el virus.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/coronavirus-antibody-testing.html/2f161c42-d9c6-4760-a4d3-df4968f360a4
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