WASHINGTON — Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., announced Thursday he and his wife Anne Holton tested positive for coronavirus antibodies after experiencing flu-like symptoms in March and April, meaning they could have contracted the novel coronavirus.
Kaine said he had tested positive for the flu earlier in the year and received treatment from his doctors, but at the end of March, Kaine said he experienced new symptoms he thought were flu remnants and a pollen reaction. Holton, the interim president of George Mason University, then "experienced a short bout of fever and chills, followed by congestion and eventually a cough."
Their doctors thought it was possible they had mild cases of coronavirus, so they stayed home and self-isolated at their home in Richmond, Virginia, until they were symptom-free in mid-April. Neither was tested for coronavirus at the time because of a shortage of tests.
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Kaine and Holton tested positive for coronavirus antibodies this month, Kaine said.
"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," he said.
CDC guidelines on coronavirus antibody tests note that positive antibody test results do not necessarily indicate immunity from the virus. False-positive results are also possible.
"Serologic test results do not indicate with certainty the presence or absence of current or previous infection with SARS-CoV-2," the CDC writes.