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I Took the Covid 19 Antibody Test as a Random Tester Guess What Happened?

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Nell l is fascinated by all things scientific. She is also a trained psychologist.

Covid 19 #Antibody Test

Covid 19 #Antibody Test

The Antibody Test

At the beginning of the year, we were told there was a virus out there. Not just any virus, but a horrible one. Which soon turned into a Pandemic. Part of me was terrified obviously, but the other part was fascinated and wanted to embrace all the science and technology that it would involve.

To start with I joined a Cambridge study that I took part in on my phone. This entailed filling in a questionnaire, then daily adding a yes or no if you are feeling ill.

Apart from that, I have tried my best to keep the house scrubbed and disinfected. I have also worn a mask ever since it more or less started. I got a few funny stares, but hey, who's laughing now?

Let's face it, we are all waiting on a vaccine, which fingers crossed, will come out early next year.

But my interest in science has continued over the weeks. So when I received a letter asking me to take part in the antibody test I jumped at the chance.

Sad I know, but that's just me, a science buff.

The Booklet

Antibodies kit booklet Photo Nell Rose #coronavirus

Antibodies kit booklet Photo Nell Rose #coronavirus

Instructions

After sending back my reply online, I sat back and waited.

One day I looked out the door and there it was. After undoing it I placed it on the table in front of me.

The box contained various pieces of kit. And:

  • An instruction booklet that takes you step by step through the process. It includes a link to a video that you can watch to make sure you do it correctly. This includes the following.
  • Make sure you give yourself 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • Wash hands before and after using the kit.
  • Straight after completing the test, take a photo of the result, and upload the picture to the relevant site.
  • Safely dispose of the kit.

The Kit - Step 1

Coronavirus test kit

Coronavirus test kit

The Kit Step 1

Inside the box were various pieces of the test kit. Place these on the table in front of you. These include:

  • Alcohol wipes.
  • Two lancets, each with its own protective cap over the needle. You won't need both, but they add two just in case you mess up with your first attempt.
  • Testing stick. Take it out of its foil wrapper. It is rather like a pregnancy kit. Notice it has a blue line next to the C. This is normal. Take it out of the package and lay it on the table.
  • Buffer liquid.
  • Timer or clock.
  • And a Pipette to scoop up your blood if you find it difficult to place a drop on the testing kit.

Step 2 Remove Cap

Photo Nell Rose from the NHS Antibody  Kit

Photo Nell Rose from the NHS Antibody Kit

Step 2

The next bit can be quite fiddly, so take it slowly before you dive headfirst in.

Hold the yellow lancet and twist the cap off. Then choose a finger to pierce. Try and take the blood from the top of your finger. Least pain, more blood.

Make sure you wipe your finger with the alcohol wipe before you prick the skin.

To draw blood, press the uncapped end of the lanced against your finger until you hear a click. It doesn't hurt, just a little pinch.

This will create a droplet of blood.

Squeeze your finger until a small amount of blood sits on the surface.

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Step 3

Blood Antibody test for Corvid 19

Blood Antibody test for Corvid 19

Step 3 Drop Blood Into Square Shape

Now at this point using the pipette is a good idea. It's just there for scooping up the blood. I just placed my finger over the hole but used the pipette to spread it about a bit.

Okay, place the testing stick on the table, and drop a large drop of blood into the square shape well-marked S. Make sure the blood covers the hole. If you need to take more blood, use the orange lancet

Step 4

Corvid 19 test

Corvid 19 test

Step 4

After adding the blood remove the cap from the buffer liquid and add two drops to the circular well-marked B.

And that's it!

Now for the wait. This should take around 10 minutes, but no longer than 15.

If the line in the testing stick has NOT turned red, add another drop of buffer liquid.

Then it's time to wait. Do not go over 15 minutes as the test will start to fade.

Step 5 Results

Checking out the positive from the negative corvid 19 immunity antibody test

Checking out the positive from the negative corvid 19 immunity antibody test

Step 5 Results - Positive or Negative?

  • If the test is invalid you will notice the line next to C is blue, then it hasn't worked. Even if it looks like other lines have appeared, it is still void.
  • Negative - If the line next to C is completely red but there are no other red lines appearing next to G or M, then the result is negative.
  • IgG- Positive - If the lines, G or G and M, next to C is red, no matter how light or dark, then you do have some form of antibodies in your body (presumably) against covid 19.*
  • IgM Positive - You are also positive if the line next to C is completely red, no matter whether it is light or dark, next to M.

*Antibodies are made by the immune system. There are two types of antibodies. IgM (M line) which doesn't stay in the body very long, and IgG (G line) which stays in the body longer.


Step 6 Photo Template

Photo template for Coronavirus Covid 19 result antibody

Photo template for Coronavirus Covid 19 result antibody

Step 6 Take Photo

When everything is finished you have to share your test result with the online site as part of their research.

Take a photo of your testing stick using the Template in the booklet.

Then enter the code found on the letter and complete the questionnaire.

And that is it!

So what was my result?

My Results!

My covid 19 antibody result. Who knew?

My covid 19 antibody result. Who knew?

My Results! Yes or No?


Surprised? Well, yes I was, to be honest. I didn't expect to see that extra red line show up.

I have to add, they do say that it doesn't matter if the red line is thin, faded, or hardly there. It shows antibodies. Mine is thin but definitely there!

To start with I just stared, at it then shook my head.

The question is, do I believe the result?

For starters, I had to think back.

Had I been ill? Well, to be honest, I think most of us had been at some stage this year, or the end of last year. But not that bad as I recall. Was it that? Had the slight fever and cough been COVID 19?

To be honest I was beginning to think that maybe this disease had been out a lot longer than was said.

At the beginning of last year, I had been taken into hospital as I was so ill with something. My partner was in the hospital for nearly a week with the same thing.

My results say my antibodies are long term. I think.

I have concluded that the test is either wrong, or it is picking up antibodies from something similar to COVID 19.

But of course, I may be wrong. Could I have had it? Possibly.

I will stick to maybe. But the mask will still be on my face, and the spray and wipes will continue to scrub and clean.

Notes

All photos taken by me from the Corvid 19 Antibody test booklet.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Nell Rose

Comments

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 10, 2020:

Thanks Denise, stay safe.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 08, 2020:

What a fascinating test. And the results are surprising. Who knows what it all means right now. We may not know the full impact of this thing for years. Stay safe.

Blessings,

Denise

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 07, 2020:

Thanks SP. Still not sure whether to believe it or not! lol! thanks for reading.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 06, 2020:

It's great that you had the opportunity to do this and also it's interesting to see the actual results. I think you are right to continue wearing a mask and using wipes. It's better to be safe.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 19, 2020:

LOL! sounds a bit like I used to be! thanks for the laugh!

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 17, 2020:

I can't take any blood tests. Well. I should say that I refuse to take any. Why? I suspect that there is so much scotch in my bloodstream that it could be dangerous for anyone to handle y blood. So, really, it's a public safety service I am conducting by not doing these blood test things. You can applaud me quietly if you must. ;)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2020:

Thank you Rajan, keep safe.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 04, 2020:

Very interesting read. It's good that whatever infection you had has cleared. Doesn't matter what it was now. Stay safe stay healthy.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 18, 2020:

Thanks Nithya, to be honest I am not sure whether to believe it or not. But yes I will keep wearing the mask and washing. Take care

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 18, 2020:

Glad to know that you have the antibodies to fight against this virus. As you say the masks, sanitizers and wipes are a must during these times. Hope a vaccine will come out soon. Take care and be safe Nell.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 09, 2020:

Thanks Devika, you take care.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 08, 2020:

Hi Nell this is in detail and so well-researched. I can imagine how must have felt. Great to know about tests and vaccine will take longer than expected.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 05, 2020:

Thanks Linda, yes it was really interesting. The longer this goes on the more they will invent to help.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 04, 2020:

This is interesting information, Nell. Thanks for sharing it. I hope the NHS test is successful and spreads to other areas.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2020:

Hi RoadMonkey, I do wonder if it was farther back than that even. It does make you think. Thanks as always.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2020:

Thanks Peggy, I am still not convinced, but yes of course I will carry on wearing a mask. I started wearing them in March, before everyone else.

RoadMonkey on August 04, 2020:

That's very interesting. I have heard that the illness has been around since last autumn, at least in the UK but who knows? My husband was very ill with a bad cough last November but that was before we started hearing about it in the UK but it could have been here. On the other hand, whatever he had, I didn't catch it that I know of.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 04, 2020:

It is great that you have some antibody resistance to this disease, if true. Even knowing that the experts cannot say at this time how long it would last. This particular disease is so new that doctors and researchers are still learning things about it. In the meantime, stay well and keep wearing your mask. It might help protect others!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2020:

Glad to hear that Eric. I hope you all feel much better soon, take care

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2020:

To be honest Shauna, I am sure its wrong. We were in last January/february. too far back I would imagine, unless they are lying to us. Figures! I may do another one to double check.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2020:

Thanks Linda, LOL! it's quick, honest! and I am sure you are not a snowflake, lol! thanks for making me laugh.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 04, 2020:

This was interesting, Nell. I didn't know how the antibody testing works. When you were in the hospital last year, what did the doctors say was ailing you?

Glad you're okay now. Since you've got the antibodies, have you considered donating plasma to help Covid patients?

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 04, 2020:

Oh golly gee Moses. I canNOT lance my finger. I simply can't! Good for you for doing this and sharing your experience. It might encourage others to give it a go as well (not everyone is a snowflake like me). I'm glad that you are well. Continue to do what you're doing. Take care.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2020:

It seems like standard procedure at the moment Pamela. My other half has COPD, and was recently ill with it. A few paramedics came out, now he has to have a standard test.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2020:

Same here, thanks Bill. Oh, and gloves, sanitizer etc lol.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 04, 2020:

I would think you must have at least have had some exposure to the virus. This is very intresting, Nell. I have heard of people not having symptoms but testing positive for the disease also.

I have had 2 negative Covid tests but I have not been checked for antibodies. I was required to get 1 of these before a minor surgery.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 04, 2020:

Well, correct or not correct, I'm happy you are well. Until I hear a vaccine has been produced and is available, the mask stays in place for this boy. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2020:

Thanks Chitrangada, glad to know you have the antibodies, and take care.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2020:

Thanks MG, yes I agree with you. Hopefully, they will be more reliable in the future. I did ask a nurse though and she said she believed they were good.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2020:

Thanks, Flourish, after doing my test it does seem that maybe the antibodies can only last a while. Maybe that's what happened?

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2020:

Thanks for sharing this Nell.

I read your article with curiosity. I have been hearing from many, that antibodies have developed in my body. Now, I understand what it means. Many people are asymptomatic, as reported. And, why would anyone visit the doctor, if they don't have any symptoms?

Thanks for the informative and enlightening article.

Please continue to take care of yourself.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 03, 2020:

Very interesting and food for thought. I don't know how reliable this test is but it is the way forward.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 03, 2020:

I wish we could all reliably know the answer about exposure (but of course that changes and what exactly do you do with the information?). I had an antibody test and it came up negative although I would have bet big money on it that it would have been positive. I’m glad you are well.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 03, 2020:

Great piece of work here. Very interesting. Count my boys and me in on probably having it and we are coming out just dandy. Tough stuff. Call me crazy but I think the science is remarkable.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 03, 2020:

Thanks Sally, I am still not sure how trustworthy it is but it was fascinating to see that. As for the sore throat, I believe we all had it back in January. Seems ages ago. maybe it was that? thanks as always.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on August 03, 2020:

Interesting, this is the study I would have liked to join. I was randomly selected to do a test to see if the virus was present. It was not thank goodness but I did have an unusual sore throat for two weeks at the start of the pandemic.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 03, 2020:

Hi, John, it totally surprised me, that's for sure! Thanks as always.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 03, 2020:

Well, this sure was interesting, Nell. It shows that maybe a lot of people With little or no symptoms have probably had the virus without even knowing and Infected numbers could be much higher than reported. Thanks for sharing.