Paradigm Laboratories processes Covid-19 testing by utilizing a quantitative PCR test (polymerase chain reaction). PCR tests are used to directly detect the presence of the Covid-19 virus. The advantage of PCR testing is that you can definitively identify whether or not you are infected with the Covid-19 virus.
The antibody test can you tell you who has been infected but it can’t tell who “is” currently infected. Antibodies begin developing in the blood when infected, creating a defense mechanism towards future immunity. However, this type of testing will not identify the level of antibodies present in the blood, whether or not you are a current carrier of Covid-19, and how many antibodies are necessary to create full immunity. As the PCR testing is utilized on a larger scale with quantitative results, a quantitative antibody test will be developed and relevant.