Simple Laboratories At Home COVID-19 Antibody Testing
How it Works
- Step 1: This product costs $179. The price includes a SARS-CoV-2 IgM & IgG test, travel, venipuncture, telehealth, and administrative fees.
- Step 2: Read the below information to ensure the testing is right for you.
- Step 3: Proceed to our Screening Tool.
- Step 4: If you are screened to be eligible for at home antibody testing, you will be directed to a page to purchase the testing.
- Step 5: Please select the date that you would like to have your specimen collected on and proceed to the check out process (please see below regarding Scheduling and Cancellation Policy).
- Step 6: You will receive a phone call from our scheduling team generally within 24-72 hours of the order, but always before 24 hours of your scheduled collection date, to schedule a time slot between 7am – 8pm CT on the date you selected.
- Step 7: You will receive instructions via email and from the phlebotomist at the time of the collection on how to obtain your results on our Patient Portal.
Please Note: Federal legislation enacted in March 2020 requires comprehensive private health insurance plans to cover this test and provides funds for reimbursement to providers for COVID-19 testing for uninsured patients. If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, you are electing not to seek reimbursement through this mechanism. If you’d like to learn about how to get tested with Simple Laboratories using your insurance please visit our Covid Resource Center for available options.
About the Test
- This test checks for a type of antibody called immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) that is the result of past or recent exposure to COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. The human body produces IgM and IgG antibodies as part of the immune response to the virus. It usually takes around 3 to 5 days to produce enough IgM antibodies to be detected in the blood1.
- Test results may help identify if you were previously exposed to the virus and, if exposed, can check whether or not your body has produced antibodies. Antibodies typically suggest protective immunity after you’ve recovered or been exposed to COVID-19. However, evidence is still being collected to determine if IgG and/or IgM antibodies provide protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection.
- If you were never diagnosed with COVID-19, this test can help determine if you may have been previously exposed to the virus.
- If you were diagnosed with COVID-19, this test can check whether or not your body has produced antibodies.
- Research has shown that IgM and IgG antiviral antibodies can be detected in the serum samples of infected patients3. After infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus antigen stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that can be detected in the blood. Among these antibodies, SARS-CoV-2 IgM antibodies appears early and are mostly positive after 3-5 days of onset2. The SARS-CoV-2 IgM titers then decrease while the SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody potency starts to rise rapidly. During the recovery phase, the titer of the SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody may increase four times or more compared to the acute phase2.
- Multiple sources, including the CDC and healthcare experts, recommend you discuss your test results and whether to return to work with your healthcare provider and employer.
This test may be helpful if you:
- Have had a positive test for COVID-19 and it has been at least 3 days and you want to know if you have detectable levels of IgM and / or IgG antibodies
- Have not experienced a fever or felt feverish in the last 3 days
- Have not experienced new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days: loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, feeling weak or lethargic, lightheadedness or dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea, slurred speech, and/or seizures
This test may NOT be helpful if you are:
- Feeling sick or have had a fever within the last 3 full days, please contact a healthcare provider
- Trying to diagnose COVID-19, please contact a healthcare provider
- Less than 3 days since being tested for and diagnosed with COVID-19
- Directly exposed to COVID-19 in the past 5 days
- A person with a compromised immune system, a condition that makes it difficult to fight infections
Note: This test can sometimes detect antibodies from other coronaviruses, which can cause a false positive result if you have been previously diagnosed with or exposed to other types of coronaviruses. Additionally, if you test too soon, your body may not have produced enough IgG and/or IgM antibodies to be detected by the test yet, which can lead to a false negative result.
At this time, antibody testing is mainly used in studies to determine how much of the population has been exposed to COVID-19. There is not enough evidence at this time to suggest that people who have IgM and IgG antibodies are protected against future COVID-19 infection. Positive or negative antibody tests do not rule out the possibility of COVID-19 infection. Results also do not provide any information on whether you can spread the virus to others.
Scheduling and Cancellation Policy
By ordering and paying for this test you are agreeing that you have open availability between 7am and 8pm on the date that you select. Upon receipt of this order, our phlebotomy team will contact you to schedule a collection within a certain time window on that date. There is a non-refundable cancellation fee of $50, which includes the fees charged for administrative fees. In some states, applicable taxes are non-refundable as well.
In the event you are not responsive to 3 scheduling attempts OR if your information differs compared to your screening questionnaire (for example: out of service territory or symptomatic of active COVID infection), you will be automatically refunded your total purchase amount minus the cancellation fee of $50.
A portion of the fee is collected on behalf of a Telehealth provider for independent physician oversight of lab testing including ordering testing if appropriate, as well as providing physician follow-up services.
1.) DIAZYME DZ-LITE SARS-CoV-2 IgM CLIA KIT Package insert, Diagnosis and treatment program of novel coronavirus pneumonia (Trial version 7).
2.)Zhou, P., Yang, X., Wang, X. et al. A pneumonia outbreak associated with a new coronavirus of probable bat origin. Nature (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2012-7. DIAZYME DZ-LITE SARS-CoV-2 IgM CLIA KIT Package insert
3.)Diagnosis and treatment program of novel coronavirus pneumonia (Trial version 7). DIAZYME DZ-LITE SARS-CoV-2 IgM CLIA KIT Package insert
4.)Na Zhu, Ph.D., Dingyu Zhang, et al. A Novel Coronavirus from Patients with Pneumonia in China, 2019[J].New England Journal of Medicine, 2020. DIAZYME DZ-LITE SARS-CoV-2 IgM CLIA KIT Package insert