Did you have COVID-19 or do you have it now – the differences between the testing

Press release from Piedmont Walton

 Ready to empower yourself for better health? Piedmont offers both high-quality COVID-19 diagnostic testing and antibody testing to all patients, and you can book your consult today.

What’s the difference between the two tests?

Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing is for people who are currently sick and want to know if they’re infected with COVID-19. If you have symptoms, book a virtual visit with a Piedmont Urgent Care provider to be evaluated for testing to reduce exposure to others. If testing is recommended based on your screening, the physician will book an appointment for a COVID-19 nasal swab test at your nearest Piedmont Urgent Care location.

Antibody Testing
The safe and simple antibody test is done via blood draw – no need for the nasal swab used in COVID-19 testing. If you’ve previously tested negative for antibodies but may have been exposed to the virus since then, you can safely book another test.

While an antibody test won’t tell you if you’re immune from the virus, a positive test result means you’ve likely been exposed and that your body is responding in the appropriate way: forming antibodies to help combat the coronavirus. 

To request an antibody test, schedule a consult visit with your primary care physician or at a Piedmont Urgent Care clinic.


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