Sen. Tim Kaine Tests Positive for Coronavirus Antibodies

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is revealing he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, which indicates he previously contracted the coronavirus.

On Thursday, the Democratic lawmaker released a statement of confirmation on his test results this month. He noted that the discovery of antibodies usually signals immunity but due to the novelty of the coronavirus, many details still remain unclear.

Due to the uncertainty of the protection antibodies provide, Kaine and his wife have vowed to continue practicing social distancing along with other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

“We each tested positive for coronavirus antibodies this month. While those antibodies could make us less likely to be re-infected or infect others, there is still too much uncertainty over what protection antibodies may actually provide. So we will keep following CDC guidelines,” Kaine said.

Kaine has admitted that in mid-March, he and his wife, Anne Paul, had symptoms they initially thought he may have had the flu or seasonal allergies. However, they were not tested for coronavirus due to the national shortage of testing kits.

While ill, Kaine and his wife both quarantined and worked from home. By early April, they both recovered but as coronavirus reports evolved, they suspected they may have had mild cases of the novel virus.

“We each talked to our health providers in early April and they thought it possible that we had mild cases of coronavirus. We were both at home in Richmond, working remotely and isolated from others,” Kaine said. 

Kaine’s antibody results come more than a month after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tested positive for coronavirus. Other than Kaine, Paul is the only senator with a known case of coronavirus.

Many states are beginning antibody tests, which can help determine how many citizens have already had the virus. The findings will also help determine how much of the United States population has already contracted the virus. However, efforts are still being made to ensure the accuracy of test results.

As of Thursday morning, there are over 1.7 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and a death toll of more than 100,000.

Responses

  1. So, Senator Kaine, you can now return to Washington and do the people’s work for which you were originally sent to do. Kapeesh?

  2. What does that mean, please somebody in authority tell me what that means?

    1. It means that we all have to remain vigilant and protect ourselves, families, friends, and co-workers. Everything was explained in the article.

      For example, “he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, which indicates he previously contracted the coronavirus”.

      That means that, at some point, he and his wife were infected, but since they were lucky to get a mild cases of the Trump Virus, they both survived. We still don’t know for certain whether that actually gives them immunity against re-infection or not, though, since that has yet to be proven. There are known cases of re-infection, even on our warships.

      The fact remains that keeping your distance from other people, wearing a good mask, and not touching things work and are still the best ways that we have to stop this pandemic from spreading. Be careful out there.

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