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COVID-19 double-whammy

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June 18, 2020

Texas woman test positive for COVID-19 twice

 A woman from Texas recently took to social media, sharing her tearful journey after she says she contracted COVID-19 twice.

Meredith McKee urged her Facebook followers to take the disease seriously, and uploaded pictures from her hospital bed at Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas, wearing a face mask and gown.

“For the SECOND time in 12 weeks I have contracted Covid19. Yes, you can get it again & it hit me like a ton of bricks...again,” McKee wrote.

She said the infection was different the second time around “but no less horrendous.”

McKee wrote that she sought hospital care due to high blood pressure.

“I knew there was a serious problem,” she wrote.

McKee told NBC-5 when she was diagnosed in February, she had “clear and obvious” symptoms, like a dry cough. She reportedly fought the virus at home and beat the disease.

An antibody test allegedly detected a positive presence of antibodies, and McKee claims she donated her plasma to help others overcome the virus.

“I felt great doing finally something good coming out of the hell that I’ve been through because I’m going to help up to eight people with this plasma,” McKee told the outlet.


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June 18, 2020

Colorado woman tests COVID-19  positive for 2nd time

      A Colorado woman was admitted to the hospital this week after testing positive for the coronavirus for a second time, according to a report.

Michele Hart, of Layafette, Colo., first tested positive for COVID-19 on May 2.

She told KUSA-TV in Denver that her symptoms have "come and gone" but she thought she had fully recovered when two consecutive tests came back negative.

She said some of her symptoms wouldn’t go away so she went to urgent care thinking she might have contracted the flu or strep throat.

She tested negative for both but positive for coronavirus Wednesday.

"This virus is just so new we just don’t have enough data,” KUSA health expert Dr. Payal Kohli said. “And I really like to call this virus the wildcard virus because it’s done so many things that have surprised scientists on so many levels.”

Kohli said Hart’s case shows that some patients may never develop antibodies against the virus, but, he added, not developing antibodies is rare.

Another possibility, Kohli said, is that the virus became dormant then reactivated like chickenpox or it's possible she "never completely cleared viral particles" and never fully recovered.

As scientists continue to work toward a vaccine that could be a year away, some have hoped herd immunity – when a majority of people have become immune to the virus through surviving it or getting a vaccine – could help slow the virus’ infection rate, but patients getting reinfected could complicate that.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised there’s no guarantee having the virus will give a patient immunity.


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Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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Attributes: AASNSports; KUSA-Denver; AP


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