COVID-19 : Testing, Immunity + Vaccine FAQs
Sep 22, 2020
What is COVID-19, again?
COVID-19 is a new strain of one of the viruses that causes the common cold, Coronavirus. It was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and slowly spread to the rest of the world. Unlike the common cold, it is extremely contagious and can unfortunately be deadly in some instances.
How do I check if I have COVID-19?
If you have symptoms that affect your head, chest, or stomach, you should be checked for COVID-19. This is done by looking for the genetic material of the virus with a PCR test. If you are within the first five days of your symptoms, you might instead consider a test that looks for proteins on the virus with an Antigen test.
What if I think I had COVID-19?
To check for a past COVID-19 infection, we look for antibodies. Antibodies are specialized proteins that the body makes to fight infections.
Do antibodies grant me immunity against COVID-19?
It is too early to know if antibodies against COVID-19 fully prevent you from getting the infection again. Based on what we know about other diseases, though, having antibodies should mean that future infections will not be as severe.
Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccines are medications that gently expose the body to an infectious disease. After this happens, the body strengthens its immune system to fight the disease. It does this by creating antibodies as well as other disease-fighting cells. Getting a vaccine against COVID-19 should help lessen the risk of getting the disease. If you do still get COVID-19, the stronger immune system created by the vaccine should lessen the symptoms and provide a faster road to recovery.
When will a vaccine be available?
There are currently several vaccines in different stages of research trials. We are optimistic that at least one will become available under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). For a full list of vaccines and their current stage of research, please refer to this page at the World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/draft-landscape-of-covid-19-candidate-vaccines
Is Remedy going to help administer a COVID-19 vaccine?
We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 vaccine research trials on a daily basis. Our pharmaceutical representatives are aware of our interest in obtaining a vaccine when available. For the safety of you and your family, we would like to be able to offer this service to our customers as soon as it safely becomes available.