Aspirus begins antibody testing
WAUSAU, Wis. —Aspirus announced May 12 that it has begun providing COVID-19 serology (antibody) testing to the area.
Testing will be performed daily, and results will be available within 24 hours of a sample arriving at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Lab.
“Aspirus is committed to getting companies back to business and patients back to receiving excellent, compassionate health care,” said Aspirus System Laboratory Services Director Deakin Washatko. “Fast access to reliable, high-quality tests is essential for health care systems. The antibody test is an important next step in the fight against COVID-19.”
An antibody test looks for the presence of antibodies, which are specific proteins made in response to infections. Antibodies can be found in the blood of people who are tested after infection and demonstrate an immune response to the infection.
Antibody test results are especially important for detecting previous infections with few or no symptoms.
It’s important to note that it is not known if the antibodies will provide people with immunity from future infections, according to the CDC.
“The availability of antibody tests is an important turning point in the progression of a pandemic,” Washatko said. “This will help us get a clearer picture of how the disease has spread throughout the community.”