Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Tests

Available Nationwide

Answers in 10mins – No lab required!

I would actually just like to say thank you to the entire team for everything.  The experience in using EPICENTRE for our testing was amazing, each and every person from Doris who took my first call / Dominique / Robyn / Cindy and the lady who did the test procedure itself this morning (so sorry I didn’t get her name), the entire team has been so patient, caring, understanding, professional, thorough, kind and gentle.  All anxiety was eased and we were made to feel so comfortable and relaxed in safe hands.

Jess, THE SPAR GROUP LTD

Baie danke dat julle epicentre gekry het om my COVID-19 toets tuis to kom doen. Die hele proses was glad nie onaangenaam nie, Josh was baie vriendelike en die toets was vinnig en glad nie traumaties soos wat die staat en social media jou wil laat dink nie. Weereens dankie, ek sal jul op hoogte hou oor die resultaat proses.

Jaco, PI

What a fast and friendly service!

Nadia, Maritime Solutions

Have you ever wondered if that flu you had was COVID-19?

Have you had COVID-19 & want to know if you are possibly immune from catching the virus again?

Have you been experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 & want to know your infection status?

Epicentre is offering the chance to know for certain.

Book a Rapid COVID-19 Antibody test now!

Our Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Test Explained

What is a ‘Rapid COVID-19 Antibody test’?

Antibody tests like the name suggests, test for antibodies not viruses; so our COVID-19 Antibody tests don’t look for the presence of the coronavirus. Instead, they find the proteins, or antibodies, that our bodies’ immune systems makes in response to COVID-19.

Our COVID-19 Antibody tests look for two kinds of antibodies that our immune system produces in response to the coronavirus:

 

1. IgM antibodies

 

These are short-lived antibodies that our body makes when we are fighting off the COVID-19 infection. These antibodies normally appear from 7 day into fighting off the virus. If you test positive for this antibody it means that you are a new COVID-19 infection and you are contagious for the virus.

These antibodies only stay in your body for a short time and usually disappear a few weeks after your infection. That is why we can use this antibody to pick up if you may be infected with COVID-19. But that is also why it is recommended that should we pick up the IgM antibody you should also use a PCR COVID (infection) test to confirm your infection.

2. IgG antibodies

The presence of IgG antibodies on your test can tell you if your immune system has ever had to fight off COVID-19. These antibodies usually appear in your blood 2 weeks after you recover from the virus.

IgG antibodies stay in your body a long time (sometimes for a lifetime) and help give you immunity against catching the virus again. If you test positive for these antibodies, not only will you know for certain that you had the virus but you will also know that you have some protection against catching the virus again.

 

What is the Rapid COVID Antibody test procedure?

To do an antibody test for COVID-19 with Epicentre, you will need to book a test online. You will then drive to our branch.

We will have a nurse clean your finger with an alcohol swab. We will then use a new lancet to make a small prick in your finger. A pipit will be used to draw a small sample of your blood. This sample will then be placed into the circular sample deposit site of the Orient Gene COVID19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette.

Our nurses are very gentle and whilst the test will be over quickly we will do our best to make you feel calm and safe during the entire process.

You will then wait 10 minutes while your test ‘loads’ your results. After which we will share your result with you.

Who should get a Rapid COVID-19 Antibody test?

Having an antibody test is helpful if:

  • You had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past but weren’t tested
  • Your doctor thinks you may have the novel coronavirus and started symptoms more than 3 days ago
  • You have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19 and you want to have a quick test done to check your status; or
  • You have recovered from COVID-19 2 want to check your possible immunity

Rather get a PCR test if:

  • You are looking to get a test done for an official purpose such as leaving the country, having a medical procedure or flight – as this method testing has not yet been approved for these purposes
  • You have been exposed to COVID-19 and started symptoms less than 3 days ago

When should you get a Rapid COVID-19 Antibody test?

If you are getting your test done to confirm an infection you should test for COVID-19 7days and onwards after you were exposed to the virus; as you can see on the graph the IgM becomes detectable from the 7th day until the 21st day

If you are testing to confirm your possible immunity or to check if you had the virus in the past, you can test at any time after your infection is complete.

How can a Rapid COVID-19 Antibody test help you

A Rapid COVID-19 Antibody test can help you:

  1. Find out if you have ever had COVID-19 in the past
  2. Find out you are currently having a COVID-19 infection
  3. If you need to have a very quick test to determine your COVID-19 status
  4. Found out if you have possible immunity to the Coronavirus

What Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Test Does Epicentre Use?

The Orient Gene COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette.

This is the first COVID-19 antibody test that has been approved for use in South Africa. The specificity of this test is 100% and it has a sensitivity of 95.8% for samples collected 10 days or more after the onset of symptoms or a positive PCR (nasal test) result (McAdam, 2020).

Where can you get a Rapid COVID Antibody test?

Epicentre is now selling Government certified Rapid COVID-19 Antibody tests! Come get tested at an Epicentre branch near you.

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For 20 years Epicentre has been fighting South African’s infectious diseases, and now we’re taking on COVID-19! We are a company founded on a vision, ending disease in South Africa! So we believe in making an IMPACT.

We are an independent organization that is committed to creating a positive impact on health & wellness for all in South Africa.

We want to close the gap between unscreened, undiagnosed, and uncontrolled HIV & COVID-19 infections as well as other chronic diseases for all South Africans.

By booking your tests with Epicentre you are supporting a real local company that has worked for 20 years in all 9 provinces, from Pollsmoor prison to Constantia; & you’re getting a gold standard service that experts trust!

How to Find Our Hillcrest Branch

Our COVID-19 Drive-Through Durban branch is based at our Head offices in Hillcrest, a charming town in the upper highway area.

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Our address is:

43a Old Main Rd Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, 3610

Our beautiful headquarters are based on the oldest farm house in Hillcrest. To get to our headquarters, drive past the robots after the Toyota dealership in Hillcrest. Go slow after the robots because our sign and driveway are within 100m.

Look for the white sign with the Epicentre logo and turn down into the shaded driveway and drive straight until you see our big gates with our large Epicentre sign.

Please either call us or push the intercom with a pen or a similar pointy object to avoid contamination.

When you arrive, drive until you see our large farm house style office. We have ample parking space and beautiful grounds, which contain some of the oldest and largest planted trees in the upper highway area! Many of our clients have even wondered off to look around!

But please stay in your car, no matter how tempting it is, as we need to avoid contamination. Our nurse dressed in full PPE (personal protective equipment) will arrive at your car and conduct your test.

Contact Us

By emailing us at:

Or calling us at:

  • 0870725300

How to Find Our Wynberg Branch

Our COVID Drive-Through Cape Town branch is based at our branch in Wynberg, a charming part of bustling Cape Town city.

Our address is:

Epicentre Cape Town: Glaren Rd, Wynberg, Cape Town, 7800

Wynberg is a southern suburb of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape, South Africa. We are temporarily based in the park across from the church on main.

The parking lot is based at 12 Piers Road, walk into the park and situate yourself next to the blue and silver tent and wait for our nurse to come to you.

Contact Us

By emailing us at:

Or calling us at:

  • 082 455 9384

or call the main switch board in Hillcrest at

  • 087 072 5300

How to Find Our Randburg Branch

Our COVID Drive-Through Johannesburg branch is based at our branch in Parkview, a charming suburb of bustling Johannesburg

Our address is:

67 Dundalk Avenue, Parkview, Randburg Gauteng

Our gated office has safe parking and is almost next door to the Parkview police station. The post office and a church (as pictured) are on the corners of Dundalk Avenue. You will then see the police station, we are only two doors down!

Ring the bell and park securely inside. Please wait in your car as our nurse will speak to you shortly!

Contact us

By emailing us at:

Or calling us at:

  • 082 065 2172
  • or 0114860741