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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

Types of COVID-19 Testing

July 2020 | Adult Down Syndrome Center - Link

COVID-19 testing is a common topic of discussion these days. There are two types of testing - viral and antibody. Viral testing indicates if someone is currently infected with COVID-19. This test is usually done with a nose swab. Antibody testing indicates if a person was infected with COVID-19 in the past. It is a blood test. You can learn more about the types of testing on the CDC's website

There is still much that we do not know about COVID-19. For example, we do not know if you can get COVID-19 more than once. Whether you test positive or negative for COVID-19 on a viral or an antibody test, it is still essential to follow guidelines to keep ourselves and others safe. Until we know more, we continue to encourage individuals with Down syndrome and their families to follow CDC guidelines to wash their hands frequently, maintain physical distance, wear masks, avoid crowds, and take good care of their overall health (regular exercise, healthy eating, good sleep, etc.). 

Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.