Shawn Styles from News 8 shares her story of positive testing for COVID-19 | Instant News


All was well but on day 14, I started having lower intestinal problems, and a slight fever. I think it’s a flare from my diverticulitis.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, California – When I planned a ski vacation to France for my wife and I in early March, coronavirus was not a pandemic.

When we returned on March 11, the World Health Organization had declared a pandemic, and the president announced a ban on traveling from Europe

We are in Chatel, a village in the French Alps about two hours from Geneva, Switzerland.

Italy is only two hours away, and we are monitoring the situation. Everything was fine when we started returning home on March 11.

It was really when we were on a flight that everything changed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed France and Switzerland as countries that after returning from travelers need to stay at home and monitor themselves for 14 days.

My wife and I do that.

If you follow me on social media you will see my post with an update, “everything is fine and my temperature is 97.4.”

All was well but on day 14, I started having lower intestinal problems, and a slight fever. I think it’s a flare from my diverticulitis.

I called my doctor and they agreed, but because I had just returned from Europe, they asked me to take the COVID-19 test that was done outside the office in my car.

At the end of the following day I got a call: I tested positive for COVID-19.

That’s what’s scary about the virus. It can go undetected, or show almost no symptoms. You can pass it on unnoticed.

For me, it lasted for two days, but instead of monitoring, I was quarantined for the next 14 days, but was still able to work.

I do weather over the weekend.

A month later, I was asked to be part of research with the Perlman Clinic.

The Perlman Clinic works with Phamatech on how the body develops antibodies, and how it can help fight COVID-19.

Perlman explained the IGG and IGM acronyms to help: “That is immunoglobulin G and immunoglobulin M, they give you different types of protection and different amounts of time.”

This test looks very simple, but can see if there are antibodies in my blood.

Starting with a drop of blood. When blood rises to the top of the cassette, a red marker line will appear indicating IGM and IGG antibodies against COVID-19.

This is how antibodies work: You start making IGM immunoglobulin antibodies. This is the IGM that fights the COVID-19 virus and kills it and it is a long-term IGG antibody that is produced and survives and that is what is positive for you.

The 30 test samples collected by Perlman for Phamatech’s research are not to develop vaccines but to better understand how the body produces antibodies to COVID-19.

“I think this virus is so new that I really don’t. I can’t even answer what kind of immune response you get how long it’s good and that’s the purpose of this test,” Dr. Perlman.

At this point, the jury doesn’t care whether antibodies can protect you from another fight with COVID-19 so the best way to prevent it is to wash your hands, wear a mask and social distance.



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