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User Info Science Catches Up -- And Burns You All; entered at 2021-04-29 11:44:13
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Registered: 2007-06-26
@Sailordeek -
From a non-scientific background the question I have is:

If I am part of the 81% who have protection from covid, would I produce antibodies to covid detectable to the antibody test I took?

MAYBE. But quite-possibly not, at least not in clinically-material amounts, depending on how rapidly your existing resistance identifies the problem and destroys it.

This is also my quandary; I have been exposed myriad times. For a while I was keeping track of known exposures as I EXPECTED after each one to get the virus, but refused to go get tested until and unless I had some sort of symptoms, and in addition I had antibody tests (linear flow, now all used up) so I could self-surveil, which I was doing on 3 month intervals. During the summer and fall here it got to the point that I was literally being exposed weekly and several of those were by people who a day later had clinically-significant disease in addition to a positive test, so that I actually WAS exposed is conclusive.

I've never gotten sick, but I also have never tested positive for antibodies. But I assure you -- I damn sure was exposed (no masks, time "at risk" typically spanning an hour or more indoors, etc.) more than a dozen times, and so I SHOULD HAVE gotten it but, on the scientific evidence, did not.
2021-04-29 11:44:13