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9 minutes ago, crimsonlonghorn said:

I think a lot of "at risk" people will be surprised when antibody tests finally start to become available. 

I think many folks who can't get a test right now will be vindicated when antibody tests finally become available.

The positive rate on the current tests is low and I'm sure not having contact reduces that number even further (probably by a lot), but there have got to be some people who do have it and aren't getting tests.  

What’s the estimated timeline for antibody test for corona?

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17 minutes ago, crimsonlonghorn said:

I think a lot of "at risk" people will be surprised when antibody tests finally start to become available. 

I think many folks who can't get a test right now will be vindicated when antibody tests finally become available.

The positive rate on the current tests is low and I'm sure not having contact reduces that number even further (probably by a lot), but there have got to be some people who do have it and aren't getting tests.  

Some people is an understatement. There are millions that have/had it and never got a test.

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9 minutes ago, stork642 said:

What’s the estimated timeline for antibody test for corona?

United Biomedical is currently rolling out antibody tests in Colorado. No idea what the timeline to scale that nationally would be.

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7 minutes ago, StruggleBus said:

Some people is an understatement. There are millions that have/had it and never got a test.

They probably never even bought more TP until the panic hit.

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31 minutes ago, stork642 said:

Because I had mumps antibodies in my blood doc said it wasn’t mumps.  Meaning I had already had the mumps or had the vaccine hence the antibodies.  Anyway, just thought it was weird all around especially given what’s going on these days. 

Sounds like something someone with the mumps would say.

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How's your day going?

I'm sitting in the ER parking lot, had to drop my dad off but no visitors allowed in the building.

He's not there for COVID, but rather for an oozing incision from surgery on 3/9, and they went back in again on Friday 2/27. Would is still oozing, so the surgeon says have it looked at, maybe a wound vac. Do they are treating him, and I'm sitting in a car (surfing surly, Reddit and trying to find tomorrow's stonks) it feels like I'll be here for hours, although it's been just under an hour so far.

I'm more worried about him getting exposed to COVID at the hospital, and that he could take it back with him to the Sr living center. Crazy fucking world we live in today.

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1 hour ago, Wally Fairway said:

How's your day going?

I'm sitting in the ER parking lot, had to drop my dad off but no visitors allowed in the building.

He's not there for COVID, but rather for an oozing incision from surgery on 3/9, and they went back in again on Friday 2/27. Would is still oozing, so the surgeon says have it looked at, maybe a wound vac. Do they are treating him, and I'm sitting in a car (surfing surly, Reddit and trying to find tomorrow's stonks) it feels like I'll be here for hours, although it's been just under an hour so far.

I'm more worried about him getting exposed to COVID at the hospital, and that he could take it back with him to the Sr living center. Crazy fucking world we live in today.

Good luck, man.  To your dad also.

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4 hours ago, StruggleBus said:

Some people is an understatement. There are millions that have/had it and never got a test.

I am personally inclined to agree with you on that but had I said that originally there would have been criticism of that part and my main point - that some population of people getting rejected from testing right now still have it - would have been ignored. 

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4 hours ago, stork642 said:

What’s the estimated timeline for antibody test for corona?

Frankly, I think it's a ways away, at least on a wide scale. 

In the past this wouldn't have mattered as much because we wouldn't have shut down the world over a new virus. A lot more people would have died and the virus would have burned through the population a lot faster, but the flip side is that people would have just adapted and society would have just moved on despite the deaths and illnesses. Then a few years later the antibody test comes out - along with a vaccine - and our public health incrementally would have improved in the long run at about the same rate it's eventually going to learn and improve from this. 

The difference being now, instead of adapting to risk and accepting risk and getting on with life at the expense of a large death toll, our society tries to minimize risk and contain it, so the "need" for antibody medicine seems a lot more acute since we are all sitting around with our thumbs in or asses waiting to be told its safe to go outside. 

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Well, looks like I now have a story. 
 

I started feeling achy 2 days ago. Yesterday my ear really started hurting and developed a low fever that eventually leveled off at 102.8ish. 
 

no cough or sore throat. Can still smell. Just really achy and chills with ear pressure and fever.  I figured I have a pollen induced ear infection and called  UTMB at around 11:15 this morning expecting to get a prescription for antibiotics (I live in Galveston).  The doctor asked me all the standard questions (travel, contact, etc.) all of which I answered no. 
To my surprise they wanted me to come in right away away to get tested for covid 19. Their first opening was at 1145 so I got in the truck and drove on over. 
 

I was the only patient there and 6th of the day out of 9 scheduled.  Overall very organized and reassuring.  Everyone looked to be on their A game.   Masks, gloves, the whole nine yards. 
 

First they had me take the flu test, which actually happened to be the longest part of the experience since it took 15 mins for the machine to warm up (they apologized for it taking so long). negative.

Then the dreaded covid19 swab appeared. Honestly, it wasn’t all that bad.  The “stick” portion of the swab is flexible so it doesn’t hurt.   The nurse then escorted me across the hallway to the doctor who proceeded to check my ears.   

Never in my wildest dream did I think I would ever be be so ecstatic to hear that I have an ear infection. Lol  
 

I should have the covid test results back in 2-3 days. Though they mentioned that since they are doing the full test in house they are actually running ahead of schedule and I might get the results back in a day.  
 

The doctor doubts I’m positive, but I’m happy they recommended testing The piece of mind will be nice. 
 

The test tech commented that the mainland is slammed. Long lines in Houston and the clear lake region, So I recommend any Houston horns needing a test call UTMB. 
 

Basically our med school is currently kicking ass in this time of crisis and we should all be proud. 

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Oh. One more thing I found interesting. The doctor said not to take ibuprofen. Only Tylenol. So UTMB at last thinks there is something behind the French reports.   

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We're 15 days since my wife returned from NYC and 2 days since she tested positive.  Still no symptoms from me and my kids, and my wife is feeling well enough to clean out the closets and junk drawers.  She holds up some ancient electronic gadget every 5 minutes and asks me, "What is this?"

I need to check the CDC website and see if "annoying" is one of the corona symptoms.

I think we should be in the clear by now*.  Apparently we were healthy enough to fight it off without any real effects.  Good luck guys, hope you are too.

*For getting sick.  We'll still quarantine the full time.

Edited by Mach 1

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9 hours ago, Mrs Whiggins said:

I had double pneumonia when I was young, early twenties. It was at the bottom of my lungs and they missed it until the took a second chest X-Ray. It almost killed me and I was very healthy non smoker, no other conditions. I'm no doctor, but please monitor yourself very closely. I was <100 pounds when I was released and it took two months before I could handle stairs. 

It messed up my lungs for a long time and I always get the flu shot now that they have one.

good lord I am sorry to hear that. yikes. Glad you are with us. 

The ABs seem to really help me. I mean within like 4 hours I felt better. Its been 24 hours and I am now back to the previous levels of breathing, say 85 to 90%. can lay down again and feel ok. So that is good news. Hope they + the regular med regiment will keep me on the up and up

 

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35 minutes ago, Mach 1 said:

and my wife is feeling well enough to clean out the closets and junk drawers.  She holds up some ancient electronic gadget every 5 minutes and asks me, "What is this?"

Your answer to every question should be "it's a vibrator."

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38 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:

Your answer to every question should be "it's a vibrator."

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8 hours ago, Wally Fairway said:

How's your day going?

I'm sitting in the ER parking lot, had to drop my dad off but no visitors allowed in the building.

He's not there for COVID, but rather for an oozing incision from surgery on 3/9, and they went back in again on Friday 2/27. Would is still oozing, so the surgeon says have it looked at, maybe a wound vac. Do they are treating him, and I'm sitting in a car (surfing surly, Reddit and trying to find tomorrow's stonks) it feels like I'll be here for hours, although it's been just under an hour so far.

I'm more worried about him getting exposed to COVID at the hospital, and that he could take it back with him to the Sr living center. Crazy fucking world we live in today.

So Dad was admitted into the hospital for IV antibiotics, some further testing and likely another surgical procedure tomorrow to examine the incision to determine why is continues to leak/weep/ooze. I'm starting to worry that the senior assisted living center that he lives in might not let him back in when he is released from the hospital. 
What a clusterfuck that will be trying to move from one quarantined facility to another. 

On the plus side, I did manage to stop and pick up a couple of pizzas to go on my way home, so that was a bonus for my isolate at-home crowd; though Mrs. Fairway insisted that my clothes be washed, and that I had to take a shower upon reentry to my home. She understood that I had to take my Dad to the hospital, but I got the stink-eye when I returned (then again I'm fairly used to that)

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