Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Tests

Know if you’ve had COVID-19 and if you possibly have immunity

What our EPIC clients have to say

Compliments to your staff and centre. I was so impressed by how the entire process was handled. So polite and comforting and professional.

Dee Munks, Durban Epic Testing Centre Client

The service I’ve experienced was extremely consistent, kind and very well organized. I was approached with a smile as usual at Epicenter whilst the information conveyed was concise and I’m certain to let people know that Epicenter is the Best place to go to should you be wondering. I certainly hope the service level will always be kept of high quality as I’ve experienced. Thank you Epicenter Team. From dealing with you before up until now, your team has become greater via whatsapp and whilst professionally physically engaging at your Test center. Thank you!

Alain, Rondebosch Client
Friendly service, quick and easy. Was in and out in a heartbeat and taking of blood was pain free.
Nayan, Rondebosch Client
Testing was quick and efficient and very professional. I highly recommend this place for any health tests needed.
Joshua, Maritime Solutions

My client would like to thank the entire Cape Town Epicentre team, for the excellent manner in which their employees have been made aware of their status.

Jan, Optimal Solve; Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client

I am so grateful for all that Johann has done for us as a family and still doing. I am eternally grateful, and I stand in awe of his kindness. It brings tears to my eyes to think that someone can be so kind to total strangers. May the Lord bless you and keep you and take you from strength to strength. I took my uncle from a drug house about two months ago. He was slowly disappearing because of malnutrition. He doesn’t have any children or a wife. We all he has, and now you are willing to go the extra mile for him. My words are not enough to thank you. 🙏🏼 Bless you sir

Melton, Cape Town Epic Testing centre client

They are simply the best! Good customer service, cognisant of the need for sensitivity and confidentiality and very friendly. I used to do my tests with another facility but now I’m a repeat client at Epicentre and the best part is that they take walk-ins. I needed to do a lot of tests and screenings two weeks ago, the results were delivered earlier than promised and yesterday, I went back for other tests. Please check them out, you won’t regret it! They are currently doing a Cough Check tor free, I already did mine.

Yolanda, Johannesburg Branch

This is a really great place to get any kind of pathology work done. The staff are very kind and efficient and the discounted prices of the tests are an added bonus. I would highly recommend this centre.

Thule, Johannesburg Branch

My experience getting blood tests at the Epicentre has been excellent as the staff are all very friendly and professionally. The staff are well trained at taking blood painlessly and if they feel they can’t find the vain they will find a more senior staff member to do it. As someone with difficult collapsed veins i never worry about becoming a pin cushion at Epicentre.

Kylie, Johannesburg Branch

The people here are so friendly and helpful. My blood was taken quickly efficiently and painlessly and my results were recieved a day later via email. I give them a five star rating.

Stella, Johannesburg Branch

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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!

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 7 days 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:

Find out if you have ever had COVID-19 in the past

Find out you are currently having a COVID-19 infection

If you need to have a very quick test to determine your COVID-19 status

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 Walk-In Lab test?

You can get a wide range of tests with our testing angels at one of our many branches!

Book with Epicentre

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!

Epicentre Special Deals

We offer free and heavily discounted tests as they are subsidized by research organizations that are looking to use this anonymous information to investigate various research questions, like can people test themselves for COVID?

10% Off All Walk-In Lab Tests

Only for pensioners at all branches.

Free Blood Pressure Tests

With all Walk-In Lab tests

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

R50 pensioners discount!

Epicentre offers

Walk-In Lab

Please note that our packages are just a guide, you can pick any of these tests in these packages, add extra tests or take out any tests. Choose what suits your needs!

Women’s Wellness Package (Foundation)

Women’s Wellness Package (+40yrs)

Men’s Wellness Package (Foundation)

Men’s Wellness Package (+40yrs)

Arthritis Package

Athletes Total Wellness Package

Diabetes Monitoring Package

Diabetes Screening Package

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Package

Comprehensive Weight Loss Package

Kidney Package

Liver & Pancreas Package

Long COVID Package

HIV Monitoring Package

HIV Screening Package

Iron Deficiency & Anaemia Package

Menopause Package

Women’s Fertility Test Package

Men’s Fertility Test Package

STI Screening Package

Thyroid Screening Package

Laboratory Typhoid Test

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Measles Test Package

Drive Through

Drive-Thru COVID Tests

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

(R250 with a R50 pensioners discount!)

Drive-Thru COVID-19 PCR Testing

(R500)

Home based COVID-19 PCR Testing

(R1150 + travel over 50kms)

Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Tests

On Sale! (R150)

Express International Flight Testing

(PCR Flight certificate in 12hrs)

(R850)

Cape Town Only

Extra Express International Flight Testing

(PCR Flight certificate in 4-5hrs)

(R2000)

Cape Town Only

International Flight Testing Package

(PCR + Antiviral Mask)

(R1000)

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