Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano tests positive for antibodies connected to coronavirus
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano has antibodies that indicate he likely had COVID-19 and recovered from it, he told The Journal News/y2px61.cn Friday.
Spano received a positive test for antibodies linked to the coronavirus, but suffered no symptoms while apparently he was infected with the disease that has been contracted by more than 6,000 Yonkers residents.
Spano said he previously took a COVID-19 test that came back negative around mid-April, but decided to take an antibody test last week. He said his doctor told him he is one of the lucky ones that had the illness, but was asymptomatic.
"I was pretty shocked that it came back positive," Spano said.
Spano said coming in contact with many people made him think he was exposed to the disease at some point over the last couple months. The only symptoms he thinks he might have suffered from was a congested nose, which he thought was from dust when he moved into a new house. The Centers for Disease Control does not state nasal congestion is a main symptom of the coronavirus.
There have been questions raised how effective and accurate antibody testing is, according to a USA Today report. Dr. Greg Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group told USA Today he's concerned tests could give false positives. The World Health Organization has issued a warning that antibody tests "need further validation to determine their accuracy and reliability.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Spano said he plans to donate plasma that could help sick COVID-19 patients recover. Plasma is transferred to at-risk people or people already infected as a stopgap measure until a vaccine and new treatments are developed.
Spano had mixed feelings about unknowingly contracting the disease.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧"I hope that I didn't infect anybody. That would be horrible to think about," Spano said. "But at the same time, I have the opportunity now to do something really good."