US doctor’s test proved that he had COVID-19 three months ago which he considered a seasonal flu
People responded to the physician’s tweet saying that they too had faced similar situations.
A US pediatric emergency medicine physician has revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, which suggests that he had the virus before he even realized it.
Dr. Peter Antevy works for a hospital in South Florida. He took to Twitter to announce the discovery, saying that he had developed a severe flu-like illness in the first week of January and almost went to seek help.
Dr. Peter continued that he got very sick and didn’t sleep for two days. On April 3rd, he checked his COVID-19 antibody status and it came back positive.
In January I got very sick (flu like illness but much worse), no sleep for 2 days and almost checked myself into the ED. Had no idea what it was. Today I checked my #COVID19 Antibody status……IgG+ Only (sign of past infection). Mixed emotions?. Will retest tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/ExLYi5qPBx
— Peter Antevy (@HandtevyMD) April 2, 2020
People responded to the physician’s tweet saying that they too had faced similar situations. Hundreds of users claimed they had experienced horrible symptoms in the past several months before the first COVID-19 patient was identified.
This is interesting. I too was sick a while back. It was horrible. Coughing, sweats, fever, chills, sore throat…hard to take a full breath. Who knows how many of us have already had it?
— Deelaney31 (@Deelaney31) April 2, 2020
In mid February for 2-3 weeks I had letheragy, fevers, cough, SOB, diarrhea. The Upper respiratory part lasted the longest. We went to the ED and they never ruled us out for the flu. Now I’m wondering if we had it- I’m an RN on the front line. Would be nice to know.
— Lyndsey Barrios (@LyndseyBarrios) April 3, 2020
I had viral pneumonia for a month- worst body aches, dry cough, fatigue & a fever. Was also shocked that all the chicken soup I was drinking tasted just like nothing. Positive COVID in my office. Would love one of those tests.
— Deirdre Winberg (@danielasdrafts) April 3, 2020
A few days following an all-day photography shoot in downtown LA, sudden illness. Hit me like a brick. Kept thinking I had a cold, but no. Exhaustion. Choking, non productive cough. And then it was gone. Weirdest thing ever. Late January/early Feb. I wonder.
— January, the Hamster ?️? (@Jan_Ham) April 3, 2020
The Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Fr. Redfield mentioned back in March that some flu deaths in the US were actually COVID-19 patients. But, the hospitals were unable to test them.
However, Italy, Britain, Brazil, and many other countries have reported strange pneumonia cases in November, December and late October.
Identifying COVID-19 antibodies is very important. It will help doctors determine how widely the virus has spread and who has developed an immunity. The test results will help scientists in vaccine development.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already issued its first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 antibody test.
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