Kaine & Wife Positive For Antibodies

May 28, 2020 - 2:28 pm

Washington D.C. _  Virginia U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has issued a statement saying that he and his wife, interim George Mason University President Anne Holton, tested positive for covid-19 antibodies after experiencing flu-like symptoms in March and April.

"I tested positive for the flu earlier this year and was given standard medication to treat it.  The symptoms lingered and I continued to to receive treatment from my physician for flu through mid-March.  At the end of March, I experienced new symptoms that I thought were flu remnants and a reaction to an unusually high spring pollen count," writes Kaine.  "Then Anne experienced a short bout of fever and chills, followed by congestion, and eventually a cough."

Kaine further states, "After Anne got sick, 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.  Due to the national testing shortage, we were not tested for the virus but continued solating and watching for any worsening symptoms.  By mid-April we were symptom free."

Kaine says “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.”

The senator said he and his wife will continue following CDC guidelines, including hand-washing, mask wearing, social distancing.  "We encourage others to do so as well."