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Yesterday, my post about President Trump achieving immunity against Covid-19 touched a nerve in some of my readers who decided to challenge my knowledge of immunity and antibodies.

In this post I will try to address some of the misconceptions and misinformation expressed in my comments section.
 

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This comment is incorrect. You can't have immunity without antibodies. The two fit together like a hand in glove. Immunity simply means the antibodies will recognize Covid-19 and kill it if it tries to re-infect the body. This protection can last for months or a lifetime.
 

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Someone can be immune and still test positive if the virus is in his body at the time of the test. If you've ever had a cold caused by a coronavirus in your lifetime, you are likely immune to Covid-19. You won't show symptoms (asymptomatic), but you will still test positive for Covid-19.
 

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Asymptomatic means you are infected with the virus but you don't get sick (no symptoms). Immunity means you have the antibodies against the virus, so you won't get sick if you are infected.
 

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This is incorrect. Millions of people have developed antibodies and immunity against the coronavirus. Their serum contains antibodies and doctors use their serum to transfer immunity to others. The CDC and Dr. Fauci have released a lot of misinformation about Covid-19.
 

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It is not necessary to receive treatment in order to become immune. If your immune system is healthy it will develop antibodies to attack an invading virus and prevent that same virus from infecting you again.
 

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What you quoted doesn't specify immunity. But your definition for immunity explains why antibodies are necessary for immunity. Trump's doctor said he has antibodies to the coronavirus. That means Trump has developed antibodies to give him immunity (long-term protection) against Covid-19.
 

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People diagnosed with HIV or AIDS are in the high-risk category for Covid-19. They are not immune to Covid-19. Coronavirus can be suppressed and destroyed by a healthy immune system. But the HIV virus attacks and destroys the immune system before it can put up a fight.

Antiviral or antiretroviral drugs slow the progression of HIV to AIDS by preventing HIV from attaching to and entering white blood cells (WBCs) of the immune system. If the HIV virus can't enter cells, then it can't destroy the immune system and it can't replicate (make copies of itself).

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U.S. leader Donald Trump has miraculously beaten COVID-19 and he is now immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to his doctor.

The President and his wife Melania tested positive for the virus on Thursday, Oct. 1, and he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland late Friday after experiencing mild flu-like symptoms. He spent three days receiving treatment at the hospital and returned to the White House on Monday.

On Wednesday, Trump's physician, Dr. Sean Conley, revealed the President continues to show no symptoms of COVID-19 and also appears to have antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease.

Antibodies are proteins produced by the body's immune system that bind to specific invaders (virus) and removes them from the body.

"The President this morning says, 'I feel great!'" Dr. Conley explained in an official statement to the media on Wednesday. "His physical exam and vital signs, including oxygen saturation and respiratory rate, all remain stable and in normal range.

"He's now been fever-free for more than 4 days, symptom-free for over 24 hours, and has not needed nor received any supplemental oxygen since initial hospitalization."

Trump remains in isolation in the residence of the White House and he has assured his supporters he will be back on the campaign trail and debating Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Miami, Florida next week.

Biden told reporters he believes Trump should cancel their next debate in Miami if he still tests positive for the coronavirus.
 

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Americans woke up this morning to the news that U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The POTUS broke the news on his Twitter page, just hours after revealing that he and the First Lady were having tests following the positive diagnosis of one of his top aides Hope Hicks.

"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" he tweeted.

Melania added on her Twitter page: "As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together."

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Both Trump and his wife are exhibiting mild, flu-like symptoms, according to Fox News sources. Trump, 74, was described as "lethargic" at an event last night.

But the White House expects both the President and First Lady to recover without any ill effects. They will also have immunity against this particular strain of the COVID virus going forward.

The president and the First Lady are quarantining for the next two weeks. It is unclear if Trump will attend the second debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden next week.

Trump's critics seemed to gloat over the news that he has contracted the virus.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a statement:

"The president testing positive for the coronavirus should serve as a wake up call to every single American. The virus doesn't care if you're rich or poor, Republican or Democrat, young or old. No one is immune, not even the president."

Trump isn't the first politician to contract the virus. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, Iran's deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Republican Senator Rand Paul are among the other bold name politicians to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Chicago police busted up a house party attended by 1,000 people amid the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday night.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker slammed the partygoers for violating his orders. "You are literally putting everyone around you in danger -- you are!"

Cell phone video shows partygoers packed into a small space in the Chi while ignoring social distancing precautions.

No one was arrested at the gathering, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Some of the partygoers wore masks while the majority were bare faced. The 23-minute video footage was posted on Facebook by Chicago resident Tink Purcell.

She was heard saying, "You can't even move in this b*tch!"

Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed the partygoers as "reckless and utterly unacceptable."

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"I have seen the video which shows what appears to be a house party taking place inside a Chicago residence," she wrote.

"While most Chicagoans are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, reckless actions like these threaten our public health and risk erasing the progress we have made."

Lightfoot threatened to arrest the party organizers for violating her stay-at-home order.

"We will hold those responsible accountable," she fumed.

"The fewer people who comply with the 'Stay At Home' Order, the sicker our residents will get and the harder it will be for us to recover," she wrote.

But two California doctors say the data doesn't support all the fear mongering.

Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi say quarantines are causing more harm than good amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The doctors say quarantines are no longer necessary because the coronavirus is statistically no different from the flu.

Herd immunity, also called population immunity or community immunity, protects against infectious diseases that occur when a large percentage of the population has become immune to an infection, whether through previous vaccinations or through regular exposure to viruses and bacteria.

The physicians say herd immunity can't form if the majority of healthy people stay indoors. Herd immunity also increases good bacteria that helps us fight off infections.

Democratic governors and mayors have been resistant to easing restrictions - at least until after the November elections.

House Democrats are pressuring Trump to add funding for mail-in and absentee ballots into a stimulus package so all Americans can mail in their votes.
 

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Two California doctors are sounding the alarm about forced quarantining healthy people. Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi say quarantines are causing more harm than good amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The doctors say quarantines are no longer necessary because the coronavirus is statistically no different from the flu.

The doctors, who own seven Accelerated Urgent Care facilities in Kern County, California, held a press conference to explain their data to local media.

Both doctors say the death rates for Covid-19 are similar to those for the flu -- and there is no justification to continue sheltering in place.

Using data gathered at their facilities and their medical knowledge, the doctors concluded Covid-19 "did not produce a statistically different number of deaths" than the influenza virus. That's the bottom line," said Erickson.

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The doctors say sick people or vulnerable populations should be quarantined and that keeping people indoors prohibits herd immunity and can actually compromise the immune system in otherwise healthy people.

Dr. Erickson explained that the human immune system is actually developed by multiple exposure to pathogens.

Herd immunity, also called population immunity or community immunity, protects against infectious diseases that occur when a large percentage of the population has become immune to an infection, whether through previous vaccinations or through regular exposure to viruses and bacteria.

The physicians say herd immunity can't form if the majority of healthy people stay indoors. Herd immunity also increases good bacteria that helps us fight off infections.

The combination of reducing regular exposure to pathogens in the community and lowering the good bacteria that helps us fight infections is concerning to both doctors.

The physicians say Covid-19 guidelines are not backed by science, but rather by politics. The highest death rates are in Democratic-controlled states, leading to suspicions that the death rates are being padded for political or financial gain.

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Dr. Erickson explained that the vast majority of people are dying with Covid-19, not from Covid-19.

He hit back at reporters who challenged his data, saying reporters are being paid while their fellow citizens are losing their jobs.

Multiple states have plans to reopen within the next few weeks. But that didn't keep thousands of citizens from hitting the beaches for fun and sun over the weekend.

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Florida beaches were packed with sunbathers who ignored the news media and Democratic fear mongers. Some say they are safer outdoors in the sunlight than indoors in the dark.

Last week, President Trump touted the beneficial effects of sunlight that has been proven to kill the Covid-19 virus within minutes.
 

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Dr. Deborah Birx is tired of answering questions about President Trump's "disinfectant" remarks.

During an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Dr. Birx seemed annoyed with host Jake Tapper for obsessing over sarcastic statements made by Trump last week.

Trump commented on using UV light and "disinfectant" internally to treat Covid-19. The President later said he was being sarcastic.

Not satisfied with her answers, Tapper pressed Dr. Birx to criticize Trump's remarks.

"I understand that you're taking a generous approach to this when it comes to President Trump musing aloud. But this is potentially dangerous," Tapper said.

"I mean, poison control centers got calls from people, and they had to issue statements saying, do not internally use disinfectants. As a doctor, doesn’t that bother you that you have to even spend any time discussing this?"

"Well, I think it bothers me that this is still in the news cycle," said Dr. Birx, who insisted that there are more important things to discuss such as protecting each other and herd immunity.

"I worry that we don't get the information to the American people that they need, when we continue to bring up something that was from Thursday night," said Dr. Birx.

"So, I think I have answered that question. I think the president made it clear that physicians had to study this. I think I have made it clear that this was a musing, as you — as you described. But I want us to move on to be able to get information to the American people that can help them protect each other and also help them understand how devastating this virus is to different age groups and different symptoms and different comorbidities."