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What our EPIC customers 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

Very impressed with your service. Your Staff were professional and well mannered. Will definitely recommend you!

Cheryl Clegg, Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client

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; Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client
What a fast and friendly service!
Nadia, 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

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-19 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:

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 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?

You can get COVID-19 tested by our COVID-19 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 offers:

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

(R250 with a R50 pensioners discount!)

Cough Check 3 in 1 PCR: RSV, Flu & COVID

FREE!

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)

Laboratory Typhoid Test

Drive Through

(R500)

Cape Town Only

Laboratory Typhoid Test

Home

(R1150)

Cape Town Only

Rapid Typhoid Test

Drive Through

(R250)

Cape Town Only

Rapid Typhoid Test

Home

(R900)

Cape Town Only

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