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Coronavirus IgM Antibody

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Product Description

Test Name: SARS-CoV-2 IgM Antibodies
Synonyms: COVID-19 Antibodies, COVID-19 Serology, COVID-19 Immune Response, Coronavirus Antibodies

This is a qualitative detection of IgM antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to help identify individuals who have been exposed to the virus. Serologic results should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude recent SARS-CoV-2 infection. This test is recommended in individuals at least 10 days post symptom onset or following exposure to individuals with confirmed COVID-19.

Serology testing, also known as coronavirus antibody tests, can check for a type of antibody (IgM) developed after exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This type of COVID-19 test is for individuals who think they may have previously had COVID-19 and do not currently have symptoms. The human body produces IgM antibodies as part of the immune response to the virus. On average, IgM antibodies are usually detectable within 3-7 days from the start of the infection. They are found mainly in blood and lymph fluid, and are the first antibodies the body makes when it fights a new infection. IgM antibodies are indicative of recent exposure and are present in the early stages of infection.

The CDC and healthcare experts recommend you discuss your test results and whether to return to work with your healthcare provider and employer.


  • If you think you may have had COVID-19 and don’t have any symptoms
  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and it has been at least 10 days and you want to know if you have detectable levels of IgM antibodies
  • If you have not experienced a fever or felt feverish in the last 3 days
  • If you have not experienced new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days: loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath of difficulty breathing, feeling weak or lethargic, lightheadedness or dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea, slurred speech, and/or seizures
  • If you want to know the possibility of having been exposed at some point

Fasting is not required prior to testing.

An electronic blood draw requisition will be emailed to you along with a list of  laboratory locations near you. There is no need to select Priority or Overnight shipping as there is nothing to physically send out.

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