Anecdotal immunity

A phlebotomist who’s been testing around 500 people a day in Chicago has shared some stunning news. (Anecdotally, of course! God forbid we give anything credence that’s not founded on a double-blind study.)

Chicago City Wire reports:

A phlebotomist working at Roseland Community Hospital said Thursday that 30% to 50% of patients tested for the coronavirus have antibodies while only around 10% to 20% of those tested have the active virus.

Sumaya Owaynat, a phlebotomy technician, said she tests between 400 and 600 patients on an average day in the parking lot at Roseland Community Hospital…

Owaynat said the number of patients coming through the testing center who appear to have already had coronavirus and gotten over it is far greater than those who currently have the disease.

“A lot of people have high antibodies, which means they had the coronavirus but they don’t have it anymore and their bodies built the antibodies,” Owaynat told Chicago City Wire.

[snip]

If accurate, this means the spread of the virus may have been underway in the Roseland community - and the state and country as a whole - prior to the issuance of stay at home orders and widespread business closures in mid-March which have crippled the national economy.

In addition, those who show signs of already having had the illness should be able to re-enter society -- albeit with some modified social distancing measures in place -- rather than sheltering at home as they are no longer in danger. Of those who contract the coronavirus,

By shutting everything down, we’ve stifled our ability to develop herd immunity more rapidly. I understand the wisest approach requires a delicate balance in unchartered waters, but if we don’t start taking steps to get life back to normal, we will be sealing our fate in ways equally as devastating (if not more so) as coronavirus infections, awful as they may be.

Hat tip: Breitbart

A phlebotomist who’s been testing around 500 people a day in Chicago has shared some stunning news. (Anecdotally, of course! God forbid we give anything credence that’s not founded on a double-blind study.)

Chicago City Wire reports:

A phlebotomist working at Roseland Community Hospital said Thursday that 30% to 50% of patients tested for the coronavirus have antibodies while only around 10% to 20% of those tested have the active virus.

Sumaya Owaynat, a phlebotomy technician, said she tests between 400 and 600 patients on an average day in the parking lot at Roseland Community Hospital…

Owaynat said the number of patients coming through the testing center who appear to have already had coronavirus and gotten over it is far greater than those who currently have the disease.

“A lot of people have high antibodies, which means they had the coronavirus but they don’t have it anymore and their bodies built the antibodies,” Owaynat told Chicago City Wire.

[snip]

If accurate, this means the spread of the virus may have been underway in the Roseland community - and the state and country as a whole - prior to the issuance of stay at home orders and widespread business closures in mid-March which have crippled the national economy.

In addition, those who show signs of already having had the illness should be able to re-enter society -- albeit with some modified social distancing measures in place -- rather than sheltering at home as they are no longer in danger. Of those who contract the coronavirus,

By shutting everything down, we’ve stifled our ability to develop herd immunity more rapidly. I understand the wisest approach requires a delicate balance in unchartered waters, but if we don’t start taking steps to get life back to normal, we will be sealing our fate in ways equally as devastating (if not more so) as coronavirus infections, awful as they may be.

Hat tip: Breitbart