My experience with having had coronavirus / covid-19.

fifty

Well-Known Member
Good info. Thanks sifter.
Remember that currently you don't need a doctor order for the $10 Labcorp antibody test. You can order it online yourself.
 

DragonBits

Well-Known Member
I will say I had an experience similar to Dragonbits-
Had flu symptoms in early March before any known cases of Covid in my state - I'm normally sub-normal temp at 97.5 and my temp was elevated to 101 for 3 days which is very unusual for me. Not coughing but sore all over and hard to be comfortable in any position laying down. Had a conventional nasal swab test for the flu virus which was negative- but I didn't believe it. My wife had it a few days after me although her fever did not last as long. (I am 66 she is 61)
As time went on we became more suspicious (based on symptoms and timing) that what we had was indeed Covid. So about 3 weeks ago I had my doc write an order for an anti-body test from Labcorp (they use the highly-rated Abbott test above) and it came out positive for the antibodies. My wife subsequently went to Quest (no doctor order - paid cash about 120$) which came out positive for the antibodies. I think they use the Abbott test also-

As we have related this to our friends more have re-thought flu symptoms they had in Feb and March and wondering if they had the virus also- they are headed out to get tested.

I will say you feel like you have more options (and less anxiety) if you know you have the antibodies. We are still very careful around our friends and family (it is probably still possible for us to transport the virus from someone who is infected if we failed to use the correct protocols).

FYI I am on TRT and also take several supplements, some of which may have mitigated the severity of the virus for me-

My siblings are all asking if I can donate plasma...
I was unusually tired and wondering if it was my thyroid or age, common activities like riding a bike 12 miles or mowing the lawn made me feel fatigued, I didn't connect it at the time.

I was at my periodontist today, the dental hygienist had not gotten the antibody test, but the Doctor did get it, she was negative. She was thinking since she sees so many patients maybe she had gotten it.

I live in Illinois, on Sunday we went to Indiana with friends to go out on Lake Michigan, he has a boat he has docked there. Went to a store in Indiana, maybe only 15% of people had a mask, while in Illinois everyone is required to wear one. Saw quite a few people on the beach, they were spread out more than normal.
 

DragonBits

Well-Known Member
The Abbot test specificity is tried only on 1070 people. No guarantee this is a random sample that represents the US population at all. Also that is data from manufacturer not validated by an independent agency.

The FDA page lists tests granted emergency approval based on manufacturer data. It is NOT a validation of those tests. Medical users (CDC etc) of those tests report a too high rate of false positives. Are we supposed to believe manufacturers with obvious financial bias or the actual users?
fyi, the data on test is from independent verification by NIH and NCI (National Cancer Institute

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Publicly Shares Antibody Test Performance Data From Kits as Part of Validation Study

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration publicly posted test performance data from four more antibody, or serology, test kits on open.fda.gov from its independent performance validation study effort with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI). These results are among the first to come from a collaborative effort by the FDA, NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). Additional performance data will be made available as the FDA reviews and determines if any further actions are appropriate for those test kits prior to publication.

An intergovernmental team is leveraging NCI’s capability for the U.S. Government to independently evaluate certain antibody tests, including antibody tests that were not the subject of an EUA or pre-EUA, as well as those that were under FDA review. Data from an antibody test kit were first posted on May 4, 2020. Today, the FDA has shared data from four additional tests.

“These data are the result of an important cross-government effort,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. “There’s been incredible teamwork across scientists at the FDA, NCI, CDC and BARDA and I’m glad to be sharing the data with the wider research community. By posting these data publicly, we’re advancing not only Americans’ access to trustworthy tests, but also the wider field of research into serology testing.”

“We’re pleased to step up and provide NCI’s laboratory capacity and expertise to support this crucial partnership to further our understanding of antibody test performances,” said NCI Director Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, M.D. “This speaks to the terrific convening power of the federal government and highlights the strength of cross-agency collaboration within the Department of Health and Human Services. NCI will continue to play its part by examining these kits and generating important data that supports FDA’s decision-making.”

The testing was performed at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center sponsored by NCI and through a collaborative effort with the FDA, NIH, CDC and BARDA to evaluate certain serological tests. Essential reference samples and materials used in the evaluation were provided by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Mount Sinai Health System, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, including members of the Departments of Microbiology and Pathology, and the Vitalant Research Institute.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

 

TorontoTRT

Active Member
I might’ve had it too. But also no coughing or lung issues. Last time I had a cold or flu was 6 years ago. I’m glad I’m taking megadoses of melatonin. I take 20 mg a night. New research shows melatonin can prevent Corona type viruses from attaching to lung tissue.
 

Vince

Super Moderator
I might’ve had it too. But also no coughing or lung issues. Last time I had a cold or flu was 6 years ago. I’m glad I’m taking megadoses of melatonin. I take 20 mg a night. New research shows melatonin can prevent Corona type viruses from attaching to lung tissue.
I know high dose melatonin fights cancer. I actually posted a thread on it. What I'm wondering is, how does that high dose melatonin affect your sleep?
 

Jerry342

New Member
I think she suffered from mild symptoms. Before a month i was suffered from fever, but I didn't go for test, and it lasted about 1 week. I just stayed away from my family members, in that time period.
 

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