What Are Antibodies And Am I An Eligible Donor?

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The path towards ending social distancing is less contentious than it may seem. COVID19 has come to stay but maybe we’ve started understanding how to live with it. Social distancing can be disturbing. But, is important even if you have cleared COVID19 test or have passed the antibody test. In any case, we’ll have to be careful about the precautions and the social distancing for a while.

Whereas many people are still wondering whether they should get tested for antibodies or not. Scroll down to find the information you require about antibodies!

What Are The Antibodies?

Antibodies, which are also known as immunoglobulins, are Y-shaped proteins found in our body. They are produced by our immune system to help stop negative intruders from harming our body. When a virus enters our body, the immune system becomes active and comes into action. These invaders which enter our body, which are also called antigens, can be viruses, bacteria, or other chemicals. Whenever these antigens enter into our body, the immune system starts creating antibodies to destroy the antigens before they harm us.

The Difference Between COVID19 Test And Antibody Test

The test done to diagnose COVID19 is called a diagnostic test, also a PCR test. These tests are done to identify the signs of active viruses in our body. It is quite easier and faster than an antibody test. PCR test is the best way to identify if we have any active virus present in our body or not.

Whereas, an antibody test shows that you had the virus present in your body at some point in the past. It could be gone, or you could still be contagious.

How Would I Know If I Am Eligible For The Test?

People facing symptoms similar to COVID19 and have not tested themselves yet, they can get tested for antibodies once the symptoms are gone. Moreover, If you think you might have come into contact with the COVID19 positive person, or if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 you can get tested. Go for a test when you have fully recovered.

Do All Of Us Have Antibodies?

Having antibodies present in us is common for every other human being. Having antibodies in our body is not only a reaction of COVID19, but it can also be found after you have suffered from any disease. Most humans have antibodies to the four coronaviruses types that cause common colds. It is expected that antibodies to the COVID19 will be found in the majority of the people who have been in contact with it and are unaware.

For How Long Can The Antibodies Protect Us?

The most important thing for us right now is to know how long can these last and how consistently they will prevent us from reinfection. As far as it has been observed, they are most likely to stay for a maximum of three weeks and after that, they do not prevent us anymore. The as-yet unanswered question is how long they will stick around because by far it is just an observation and not a confirmed study.

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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