Antibody Screening for Coronavirus Exposure

Synapse is excited to announce the availability of antibody screening for coronavirus exposure. The test can be ordered through Synapse today.

During this unprecedented time, where so much is unknown, the team at Synapse remain constant in our mission to support you and provide the best care to facilitate the optimal wellness of you and your loved ones.  

With this aim in mind, we are pleased to announce that Synapse is now offering our patients and those within the community an individualized testing option for coronavirus exposure. We have partnered with Vibrant America, a laboratory that has a newly created test that screens patients for coronavirus antibodies. This newly developed type of coronavirus antibody screening assesses you for IgG, IgM, and IgA antibodies of various parts of the coronavirus. There are 12 total tests included in this assessment, with a total sensitivity of 97.14% and specificity of 98.36%.

While this is not a diagnostic test, it does allow us to determine whether or not your body has been exposed to the coronavirus, regardless of symptom presentation. Our goal is to enable you to have more peace of mind, and make informed decisions with certainty, in regards to your day-to-day life, work, and social interactions.

The testing process starts with a free phone consultation, where we will briefly gather information about your health history, any current symptoms you may be experiencing, and any potential exposures to the coronavirus. We are required to gather this basic information prior to ordering a test of this type.

Once the test is ordered, we will send you for a quick blood draw that can be done through a local draw site or by having a phlebotomist come to your home. After the blood collection, it only takes a few days for Vibrant America to complete the blood analysis and send Synapse the results. You will be scheduled for a short follow-up phone consultation with one of our providers to review your test results with you and recommend any needed next steps.

At Synapse, we believe wide-spread testing is the key for our communities to resume normal life as quickly as possible. You can help by having this test performed on yourself and your loved ones. 

Get set up today by clicking on the link above.

Scroll down to learn more about the Coronavirus Antibody Screening.

During this unprecedented time, where so much is unknown, the team at Synapse remain constant in our mission to support you and provide the best care to facilitate the optimal wellness of you and your loved ones.  

With this aim in mind, we are pleased to announce that Synapse is now offering our patients and those within the community an individualized testing option for coronavirus exposure. We have partnered with Vibrant America, a laboratory that has a newly created test that screens patients for coronavirus antibodies. This newly developed type of coronavirus antibody screening assesses you for IgG, IgM, and IgA antibodies of various parts of the coronavirus. There are 12 total tests included in this assessment, with a total sensitivity of 97.14% and specificity of 98.36%.

While this is not a diagnostic test, it does allow us to determine whether or not your body has been exposed to the coronavirus, regardless of symptom presentation. Our goal is to enable you to have more peace of mind, and make informed decisions with certainty, in regards to your day-to-day life, work, and social interactions.

The testing process starts with a free phone consultation, where we will briefly gather information about your health history, any current symptoms you may be experiencing, and any potential exposures to the coronavirus. We are required to gather this basic information prior to ordering a test of this type.

Once the test is ordered, we will send you for a quick blood draw that can be done through a local draw site or by having a phlebotomist come to your home. After the blood collection, it only takes a few days for Vibrant America to complete the blood analysis and send Synapse the results. You will be scheduled for a short follow-up phone consultation with one of our providers to review your test results with you and recommend any needed next steps.

At Synapse, we believe wide-spread testing is the key for our communities to resume normal life as quickly as possible. You can help by having this test performed on yourself and your loved ones. 

Get set up today by clicking on the link above.

Scroll down to learn more about the Coronavirus Antibody Screening.

 

Coronavirus Testing

Types of Coronavirus Testing

Testing of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19) comes in different varieties. Most of the news surrounding testing is about diagnostic tests for people who have developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19. This type of test, called a RT-PCR, amplifies the viral genes found during nasal swabs or sputum collection. It is a labor-intensive process that takes time and considerable resources, which explains the lack of testing availability to date.

New testing is becoming available that assesses for the accumulation of antibodies targeting pieces of the coronavirus. This is not a diagnostic test, as the results may not be accurate early on in the course of the disease. The benefit of this new type of antibody screening is to determine whether or not your body has been exposed to the coronavirus, regardless if you’ve developed symptoms. This test is not as labor intensive and can be performed quickly by a qualified lab.

What are Antibodies?

Antibodies to the coronavirus are created by your immune system if you’ve been exposed to the virus, even if you never developed symptoms. Since a high percentage of people with the coronavirus either do not show any symptoms or only show mild symptoms, it’s possible that many people have been exposed to the virus without knowing it. Antibody testing will tell you if you’ve been exposed.

Antibodies are created to different pieces of the coronavirus. These pieces are called antigens. Antibody testing can be performed with different antigens as well as different antibody classes. Different antibody classes are made during different times of an infection. IgM antibodies are created at the beginning of an infection but go away after the infection is resolved. IgG antibodies take longer to develop, but they stay in the blood for a long time. There are other classes of antibodies, including IgA and IgE. Tests that assess more types of antigens and antibody classes are more thorough.

When your immune system makes antibodies, it helps to fight the virus and reduces the chances of future infections. The build up of antibodies provides immunity. Developing immunity in a large number of people reduces the transmission of the disease. While we don’t know for sure if having antibodies to the coronavirus will give long-term immunity (many, but not all diseases are like this), having antibodies suggests you may be safe to be around others without contracting the virus again.

Source: Diazyme

Why is Coronavirus Testing Important?

Until now, coronavirus testing has been reserved for those with more severe symptoms in order to determine admittance to a hospital. This helps to protect healthcare workers from unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus, but is not an ideal way to decrease the spread of the virus within our communities.

It’s important to note that the case numbers being reported worldwide are only for cases that have been identified through RT-PCR testing, which will miss a high number of infected individuals. Anywhere from 35% to 75% of individuals can have the coronavirus without exhibiting symptoms, according to several different reports. Along with that, a high number of people can have mild cases of the disease that never get tested because of the lack of severe symptoms.

These two situations, if true, will lead to a large number of individuals who can spread the virus unknowingly to those at high risk. The more effectively we can protect those at high risk of exposure, the lower the overall risk to our communities and the lower the risk of hospital overload.

There are only two ways to reduce the spread of the coronavirus to susceptible individuals: effective testing or quarantine/isolation. The reason the US has been quick to enforce restrictions on social activities and implementing shelter-in-place orders has been because of the lack of testing available for those individuals that can pass the virus unknowingly to high-risk groups. Testing all individuals regardless of symptoms is critical.

Not All Antibody Tests are Created Equally

Antibody testing for the coronavirus is a critical step in getting our society back to normal, but not all antibody tests are created the same. Choosing an antibody test that checks for as many combinations of antigens and antibody classes as possible reduces the chance of inaccuracies in the tests called false negatives. The more virus components tested, the more likely it is to catch if you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus.

At Synapse, we’ve looked at several companies that offer coronavirus antibody tests to find the best fit for our patients and community. We’ve searched for companies who are transparent about their testing and who check for a wide variety of antigens and antibody types. Not all companies fit that bill. Many companies are not transparent about their testing. Some check only one antigen and others only check one class of antibodies. These limited tests have higher potential for inaccurate results.

The testing that we have chosen is highly accurate and checks for 4 antigens across 3 antibody classes. This gives us a total of 12 different test results with a total sensitivity of 97.14% and specificity of 98.36%.. The company has provided us with a wealth of information backing up their test. This level of thoroughness increases the likelihood of having an accurate assessment of coronavirus exposure. It has also given us peace of mind that we’ve selected an appropriate test for our patients and community.

Coronavirus Antibody Screening

As a community we need options other than quarantine to protect high-risk populations from coronavirus. Allowing select individuals to resume normal life will have positive impacts on the economy and on the social wellbeing of our communities. 

Newly developed testing is the first step in this process. Antibody testing allows us to quickly and accurately determine who has been exposed to the coronavirus, regardless of their symptom presentation. Wide-spread testing of this type will give our communities a more accurate look at who has been exposed.

Why is this important? While not fully understood at this moment, exposure may very well lead to immunity. If you’ve been exposed, and if you’ve undergone a certain amount of time in isolation, you may be able to resume normal daily life without the possibility of exposing others to the coronavirus or developing symptoms yourself.

There is still a lot that is unknown about the coronavirus, but antibody testing of this sort is the first step toward giving us control over our current state of uncertainty.

Get Tested

To get started, click the button below. You will be asked to enter your name and contact information so we know how to get in contact with you. Next, you will be shown a link to a scheduling page. Click the link and select an available time to set up your free phone consultation. We will call you to do the short, free consultation to go over the specifics of the test and next steps.

Coronavirus Antibody Screening Frequently Asked Questions

What's the process to get tested?

Fill out a brief questionnaire by clicking here. You will be asked to enter your name and contact information so we know how to get in contact with you. Next, you will be shown a link to a scheduling page. Click the link and select an available time to set up your free phone consultation. We will call you to do the short, free consultation to go over the specifics of the test and next steps.

Should I be tested?

Being tested benefits a great number of people, even if you end up being negative. Knowing your status will help you make better decisions about your own exposure and your ability to safely be around others.

What kind of test is this?

The testing we use at Synapse looks specifically for IgM, IgA, and IgG antibodies against the spike proteins and 4 viral antigens of Covid-19 that will help assess your immunity against this novel virus.

Is this a diagnostic test?

No. This test only shows past exposure to the virus. However, some types of results may suggest that you have an active infection.

How accurate is the test?

There are 12 total tests included in this assessment, with a total sensitivity of 97.14% and specificity of 98.36%.

How is the test performed?

At this point, the antibody test requires a blood draw. In the future, we will be offering an at-home finger prick test for greater convenience.

Is the blood test performed at Synapse?

No, we partner with a phlebotomy company in the Twin Cities. They offer a draw site in Bloomington as well as mobile phlebotomy where they come to your house. Their fees vary.

Has the test been validated?

This test was internally developed and validated according to FDA EUA requirements. The independent review of this validation by the FDA is pending.

How much does it cost?

The cost of this service through Synapse is $200, which includes the test and a lab review call with one of our providers. The lab draw site requires an additional $30 fee.

Why is there a lab review visit?

The lab results are not simply positive or negative. There are several classes of antibodies that tell a different story if they are positive.

Why is Synapse offering this test?

Our patient and community have been significantly impacted by this virus. This test allows us to provide peace of mind along with guidance about returning to work and normal daily activities.

Does Synapse offer immune or antiviral support?

For those who are negative or experiencing ongoing symptoms, we do offer immune support programs for those interested. Learn more about our immune programs by clicking below.