A stunning coronavirus discovery has been made in Illinois.
According to the Chicago City Wire, a phlebotomist has found that of those tested for the coronavirus, 30 to 50 percent have antibodies while only 10 to 20 percent have the active virus.
These numbers are the findings of phlebotomy technician Sumaya Owaynat. According to CambridgeHealth, “A phlebotomy technician is responsible for the collecting of blood specimens for the laboratory to help diagnose health conditions and illnesses.”
That is what Owaynat has been doing in the parking lot of Illinois’ Roseland Community Hospital, testing some 400 to 600 patients every day at the drive-thru station that has been set up outside the hospital. And she has made a remarkable discovery.
“A lot of people have high antibodies, which means they had the coronavirus but they don’t have it anymore and their bodies built the antibodies,” Owaynat explained. According to WebMD, “antibodies are proteins made by your body that fight off foreign substances.”
The presence of antibodies, accordingly, would seem to suggest that a sizable portion of the population has already been exposed to the coronavirus — otherwise how else would they get those antibodies? — and with the help of antibodies, has overcome the illness and now may be immune to it.
As the Chicago City Wire reports, “If accurate, this means the spread of the virus may have been underway in the Roseland community — and the state and country as a whole — prior to the issuance of stay at home orders and widespread business closures in mid-March which have crippled the national economy.”
There is something else that is remarkable about this story.
Remember, the coronavirus is reportedly hitting black communities harder than others. But here, again, Roseland offers up some contradictory evidence as 96 percent of the residents there identify as African-American.
As the projected number of coronavirus cases and deaths in America continues to decrease, something that has to be considered is whether the results being found in Roseland are typical of results in other regions of America.
Could, for example, most Americans have been immune to the coronavirus before the country shut down? Could the lockdowns and various preventative policies, which have severely impacted our lives, been all for naught?
Answers should be coming soon, as antibody testing becomes more widely available. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House coronavirus task force said Friday during a CNN interview that “a rather large number” of tests will be available within a week.