Sunday, December 3, 2023

Sen. Kaine tests positive for coronavirus antibody test

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said he and his wife have tested positive after taking coronavirus antibody tests.

Kaine said in a statement Thursday that he and his wife, Anne Holton, were tested for antibodies this month after their health providers thought it possible they’d had mild cases of virus earlier this year. Kaine said he initially thought he was suffering from remnants of an earlier bout with the flu and a high pollen count.

Kaine said he and Holton worked remotely and isolated themselves from others and were symptom free by mid-April. Holton is the interim president of George Mason University.

Antibody tests are different from the nasal swab tests currently used to diagnose active infections. Instead, the tests look for blood proteins called antibodies, which the body produces days or weeks after fighting an infection. An antibody test might show if you had COVID-19 in the recent past, which most experts think gives people some protection.

At least eight federal lawmakers have tested positive for active infections.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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