Quest Diagnostics Launches Consumer-Initiated COVID-19 Antibody Test Through QuestDirect™

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      The COVID-19 Immune Response test is available at

      The new service broadens access to COVID-19 antibody testing in the United States. On April 21, Quest announced the launch of its COVID-19 antibody test service for healthcare providers to order on behalf of patients. With QuestDirect, an individual can request the test and purchase it online. Each test request is reviewed and, if appropriate, an order for testing is issued by a licensed physician. Individuals have the opportunity to speak with a licensed physician about their results.

      With the QuestDirect service, individuals may gain insight into whether or not they have been exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,although we do not yet know whether the development of antibodies provides protection from re-infection, or how long such protection lasts, COVID-19 antibody testing may indicate whether “the person has been exposed to the virus and developed antibodies against it, which may mean that person has at least some immunity to the coronavirus.” Antibody testing uses blood serum specimens and is sometimes referred to as serology testing.

      “With the introduction of this test and service, Quest is making it easy for people to access quality testing for antibodies to the virus which causes COVID-19, with access to physician interpretation and steering into needed care,” said Jay Wohlgemuth, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Quest Diagnostics. “While the science on COVID-19 is evolving, testing for antibodies may identify people who have likely been exposed to COVID-19 and might have mounted an immune response to the virus.  Our goal is to empower individuals and their physicians to make informed decisions about their risk of infection and of spreading the virus.”

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      Two way street
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      isolation and or the medicine to shorten the length of the illness.  Then there is testing again.  How much cost could they ring you up for?

      Most ACA insurance plans use Quest for all kinds of testing from blood draw.

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      Wasn’t one of the stimulus bills to provide for free testing? Or paid through medical insurance, for those of us lucky enough to have it?

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      Bernie Boomer
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      of course.
      It’s a strange process they’ve set up – Jack and Jill America buy their tests from QuestDirect, online. THEN they call their doctor and ask if they can have the test. If the doctor agrees, then they do – what? Take their receipt and the doctor’s permission to their nearest Quest lab, I guess.

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