We drove to Columbia, SC, last Thursday, to get an ARCpoint Lab to get an antibody test for COVID-19. Because Hans had an exposure on March 11th when he went to work to someone who had tested positive for the nasal swab test, we thought that there was a good chance that he (or we) may have already had it. He had some fatigue and dizziness in the days after the exposure on March 11th but before he was notified by SWA on March 18th.
Due to new COVID-19 rules for doctors office and lab visits, we waited in the truck to be called and entered one at a time wearing our masks. The lab tech was also masked and gloved. The test consisted of a finger prick (painless) and then the blood was dotted onto a plastic tray that looked like a pregnancy test. Also like a pregnancy test, there was about a 10 minute wait for results.
Why would we wish that we had already had this awful virus? Well, if we had it already, in theory, we wouldn’t have to worry about getting it again any time soon because we would have acquired immunity. Although there are reports coming out of Korea that would indicate otherwise. Also, if we tested positive for the antibodies, we would have had a very mild case of it as seems to be the case for many people who contract it.
But most importantly, we would not have to worry about unknowingly spreading the Virus to other people. Although this is not a given, either.
Because this virus is so new and scientists haven’t had a chance to study it, there is just so much that isn’t yet known.
Also, it really isn’t clear how well these antibody tests work. According to the local health department in Laredo, TX, the antibody test they were briefly using “had a reliability of about 20%.” So, the $70 each we paid to ARCpoint may have been a glorious waste of money. Also, as you can see at the bottom of the page with the info about the test, it says that “this test has not been reviewed by the FDA.”
Going forward, we will assume we have not had it and will continue to take reasonable precautions such as washing our hands and using homemade hand sanitizer(I use vegetable glycerin instead of aloe vera) and wearing masks when we go in public to protect other people from us as I will continue to fly when we get back to Colorado.
I do believe that this virus will prompt many people to become more conscious and intentional about their health. We have been on our own health journey for many years now and health is something we are passionate about. I will write more about our health journey in future posts.
For now, thanks for reading and be safe, peaceful and well.