During a recent episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Rita Wilson opened up about recovering from COVID-19.
“Sadly, I don’t have the antibodies anymore,” she told DeGeneres, who also tested positive.
Wilson and her husband, Tom Hanks, were among the first known celebrities to test positive for COVID-19. The couple tested positive while in Australia for filming in March 2020.
Two weeks after experiencing symptoms, Hanks said he and Wilson were “feeling better.”
“Our discomfort because of the virus was pretty much done in two weeks and we had very different reactions, and that was odd,” he said. “My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did. I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes,” Hanks told The Guardian.
While many have dealt with long-term effects, Hanks and Wilson have been lucky and haven’t experienced any.
Hanks has been outspoken about COVID-19 and shared the steps he’s been taking, including donating plasma, to put an end to COVID-19.
According to the Mayo Clinic, blood from people who have recovered from COVID-19 has the necessary antibodies to fight the deadly virus.
“You kind of feel superhero-like and superhuman because you have the antibodies and you feel like you can go places and do things, except nobody else can go anywhere and do anything,” Wilson told DeGeneres during her recent interview.
She also mentioned that she no longer tests positive for coronavirus antibodies. Wilson did not mention if Hanks has the antibodies.
According to the CDC, an antibody test can be done to tell if a person has antibodies in their blood. Antibodies give insight into whether or not a person had COVID-19, it may not be able tell if there is an active infection.
“I just tested two weeks ago and I don’t have the antibodies anymore,” she said. “But it’s okay, I have a mask and I have hand sanitizer, so I’m back like everyone else.”
Two recent studies have found that COVID-19 antibodies can last eight months after the initial infection.
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