How do we work?
How is the test administered?
How is the specimen tested?
Is DNA tested?
What happens to the specimen after testing?
The swab is destroyed when the test has been administered. The test result is sent to its recipient and the only thing we store is the the viral RNA from positive tests. We are obligated by law to inform the Chief Medical Officer of the Faroe Islands if a test is found to be positive.
COVID-19 antibody test – Elisa
What does the antibody test do?
The antibody test checks whether your body has produced antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that travel in the blood and fight infection. They are first produced when you come into contact with foreign organisms, like bacteria or viruses. If you come into contact with the same bacteria or viruses again, your body has antibodies ready to fight them. COVID-19 is a new illness and we therefore don’t know how long antibodies remain in your body or whether they protect you from the illness.
What should I do if my antibody test is positive?
If your antibody test is positive it means that your body has produced antibodies and that you have previously had corona. Usually a person is immune to an illness if antibodies for this illness are found in his or her body. However, this has not yet been confirmed in the case of COVID-19. As a result, we recommend that you follow the public corona restrictions, regardless of your result.
How reliable is the antibody test?
The antibody test has been approved for distribution in the EU and has been studied by idenpendent scientists at Uppsala University in Sweden. No test is 100% reliable and that’s the case with this test too. In some instances (1 out of 100) the antibody test can turn out positive, even though the recepient has not been infected.
The antibody test checks whether you have previously been infected by COVID-19. The test does not show whether you have the corona virus in your body at the moment. An antibody test cannot be administered if you have been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19 at some point during the last 14 days. Nor can you be tested for antibodies if you show signs of one or more of the following symptoms: sore throat, muscle pain, dry cough, fever, headache, diarrhea and the absence of your sense of taste or smell.