Noel Hunter

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I have been part of a study at Wake Forest on COVID-19, and was given an antibody test. According to the test, I have G and M antibodies, which means that I had the virus. The doctor thinks it was “recent,” but more than two weeks ago, and the test I took is probably > 90% accurate. Since early on, I have worn a mask, and washed my hands regularly. I haven’t been to a party, indoor dining, or anything else besides work and essential shopping. The few times I have socialized, we were outdoors, six feet apart, and five or less people. I didn’t have a fever, cough, or any other obvious symptoms. I had some subtle symptoms that in retrospect might have been from it. I still have some. At work, I have been careful, since I often touch people’s keyboards, and sometimes are closer that six feet. Many people have been close to me without masks. Since I wore one, there is a fairly low chance I gave it to them, but it’s not as low as it could have been. My takeaways are that if you are out in the world around people not distancing and masking, it must be very hard to avoid getting it. The way things are going here, almost everyone is going to get it. Hopefully, they won’t have any problems. But we know that it’s likely some will. If we can slow it enough to keep hospital beds free, we can get though this. But I worry about schools opening, and universities returning. I hope those I know who are not masking and distancing will take my experience into account, and change their behavior. It may not protect them, but it can help us all if it slows down infections. I am still taking precautions, because doctors say it’s not certain that we can’t be reinfected, or relapse, and I don’t want to make things worse.
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