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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.


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?

You can get COVID-19 tested by our COVID-19 testing angels at one of our many branches!