COVID-19 Antibody Laboratory Tests

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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 immune from catching the virus again?

Epicentre is offering the chance to know for certain.

Book a COVID-19 Antibody Laboratory test now!

Our COVID-19 Antibody Lab Test Explained

What is a ‘COVID-19 Antibody Laboratory Test’?

Epicentre is introducing a revolutionary way to check your past COVID-19 infections. This test is more accurate and provides more information than its rapid counterpart.

This test will provide information in your lab report on the strength of your antibodies which will aid you in understanding if you have an immunity to COVID-19 in the future.

Epicentre has been using COVID Antibody Lab Tests in communities across South Africa as part of our National COVID Antibody Study. We are so impressed with this way of testing that we are sharing it with our private testers.

Like the name suggests, this test (like the COVID rapid test) also tests 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 when you are fighting off the viral infection. If you test positive for this antibody it means that you are having a COVID-19 infection currently and that 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 in the past. 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 COVID Antibody Laboratory Test Procedure?

To do an antibody test for COVID-19 with Epicentre, you will need to either book a test online or come to our branch for an antibody test.

This test’s full name is the “serological enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay,” or ELISA for short. This test has experts in a laboratory to check whether you have COVID-19 antibodies in your blood (ref).

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.

Who should get a COVID-19 Antibody Laboratory 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 7 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 & want to check your 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 of testing has not yet been approved for these purposes
  • You have been exposed to COVID-19 and started symptoms more than 7 days ago

When should you get a COVID-19 Antibody Laboratory 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 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 COVID-19 Antibody Laboratory test help you

A COVID-19 Antibody Lab 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 immunity to the Coronavirus

What COVID-19 Antibody Laboratory test does Epicentre use?

This test’s full name is the “serological enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay,” or ELISA for short. This test has experts in a laboratory to check whether you have COVID-19 antibodies in your blood (ref).

Where can you get a COVID Antibody Laboratory test?

Epicentre is now providing COVID-19 Antibody Laboratory 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

We’ve recently moved! Our COVID-19 Drive-Through Cape Town branch is still based in Wynberg, a charming part of bustling Cape Town city.

Our testing address is:

13 Piers Rd, Wynberg, 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:

  • 0870725300
  • or 074 793 0123

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