Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate had a silent bout with the coronavirus, he revealed Thursday.
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and his wife “each tested positive for coronavirus antibodies,” Kaine said, according to Fox News, although they’re doing fine now.
A positive test
At first, Kaine said that he came down with the flu, Fox News reported, but he and his wife later developed new symptoms that their doctors said could have been linked to the coronavirus, The Hill reported.
They didn’t get a diagnostic test at the time, but their symptoms cleared up by the middle of April, the senator said in a statement.
“We were both at home in Richmond [after getting the news], working remotely and isolated from others. Due to the national testing shortage, we were not tested for the virus but continued isolating and watched for any worsening of symptoms. By mid-April we were symptom-free,” Kaine said.
Antibody test results confirmed in May that they had both had run a course with the coronavirus. An antibody test shows if a person has contracted the coronavirus in the past, unlike diagnostic tests, which only show if a person is currently infected.
“My wife Anne and I recently tested positive for antibodies to coronavirus,” Kaine said in his statement. “We each tested positive for coronavirus antibodies this month.”
A protracted pandemic
According to Fox, Kaine is the second U.S. senator to test positive for the virus, after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
Although Kaine is doing better, he said he will keep wearing a mask and keeping his distance from others, the New York Post noted. But as he said in his statement, researchers still don’t know whether antibodies provide lasting protection from re-infection.
“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,” the senator wrote. “So we will keep following CDC guidelines — hand-washing, mask-wearing, social distancing. We encourage others to do so as well. It shows those around you that you care about them.”
This comes as all states are now engaged in some form of reopening after several weeks of protracted lockdowns prompted by the pandemic, according to The New York Times.
In the United States, some 1.7 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed as of Friday, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, and more than 102,000 Americans have died from the disease.