COVID 19 TESTING
Our center has taken the necessary safety precautions.
Feel free to call us for any additional questions regarding COVID (Coronavirus) testing that you may have.
We provide different testing modalities, that fit best to your needs.
Always taking your safety as our priority.
Antibody tests differ from the usual ‘swab’ type test, which tests to see if you currently have the disease.
This test is designed to detect antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system in response to an infection and are specific to that particular infection. They are found in the blood and so will require a sample to be taken from your arm.
Your sample will be tested for a type of antibody called immunoglobulin G (IgG).
This antibody develops in most patients at around two weeks after infection and remains in the blood after you have recovered although we do not presently know how long it may persist. If this antibody is found in your blood, it indicates that you may have had COVID-19 in the recent past and have developed an immune response against the virus. It is unknown at this point how much protection, if any, antibodies might provide against another infection with SARS-CoV-2. This means that having a positive antibody test does not mean you are immune to COVID-19 and the test result will not enable you to make any decisions, for example, about work or travel.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
This is the most commonly used test. A smear is taken from the nose and throat with a cotton swab.This test is used by the Department of Public Health of Aruba.
It takes about 24 to 48 hours before the results are known.
Rapid PCR tests are now also being used that give results within two hours.
These tests are intended for situations where rapid diagnosis is absolutely vital.