So are the COVID-19 numbers being pumped up or down?
We have a death in the family which means I must travel across several states into Florida and get through the Florida checkpoint at the Florida -
Georgia border. Because I will be near older people I don't want to infect anyone nor get infected myself so I looked up the COVID-19 Antibody Test at
one of the larger testing franchises who are located almost in every state within the USA. I then saw that my out of pocket cost is $119 and I do not
require a referral nor doctors request. All I need to do is set up an appointment and pay the $119 plus some other fee.
They also had a notice on their web page stating that the federal government would pay for everything if I did get a doctors referral for a test and
bring it to their facility. I thought that was strange but I called my doctors office to see if I could get a referral on Monday.
Later that day I get a call from someone from my doctors office who I never spoke with before. She said that their COVID-19 Antibody Test providers
are recommending against it at this time as many of the results are either false positive or false negative results. So I brought up the CDC and what
is being reported in the media. She maintained her position so I said lets forget it and hung the phone up, knowing that I can still pay the $119. So
later that day I get a call. Its her again saying that if I want the COVID-19 Antibody Test referral that I would have to come into the office
tomorrow and speak to my doctor. I agreed and set it up for Tuesday. What I then did is call my brother who has a PhD in Genetic Engineering and
Microbiology and Department Chair and Professor of Biology at a large University. I told him what happened. He agreed with what the doctors office
told me as he said the 1st generation test kits for anything are generally unreliable. He told me to wait for the next generation COVID-19 Antibody
Test to be released. I said OK and that was that. I then continued on to speak with my doctor the following morning.
My doctor reiterated what the woman said and he also mentioned as to what my brother said relating to the 1st generation of test kits. He said that he
will do whatever I want but he recommended against doing it because it may give me a false sense of security as its a coin flip.
I agreed with him now knowing that I have two opinions who do not know each other as I do trust both. They both work for large established
institutions. Both have improved my life when I was sick as I was with some nasty flu back in February. Even after I completed the Tamiflu script, I
was knocked out for three plus weeks. Based on my records and the symptoms, my doctor did say that I probably had the COVID-19 as he said that he saw
some stuff in many that he has never seen before.
So, I will wear a face mask, stay away 6' or more and not touch or hug anyone and continue to user hand sanitizer when I am out in public, despite
what the CDC is now saying about touching surfaces. To this day I still seem to be off physically and my body temperature has remained at 99.0
degrees since getting beyond the flu.
COVID-19 Antibody Test
Well, that's my story and I am sticking to it.
I also wonder whether we continue to get conflicting COVID-19 information as they are trying to get to "herd" immunity before the cold weather returns
and that is getting people out of homes and back to work and shopping as indoors is causing more harm than good in the long run. Plus you cant
bankrupt the world. However, to flatten that curve they had to do what we are going through at this time. I now think I understand what is going on
edit on 21-5-2020 by Waterglass because: title change
edit on 21-5-2020 by Waterglass because: typos