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Should people with COVID-19 antibodies have the same privileges as vaccinated people?

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Stores like Walmart are opening their doors to unmasked, vaccinated people.

The move comes just one day after the CDC made the recommendation.

But what about people previously infected with COVID, who have not been vaccinated but have antibodies?

According to Doctor Jordan Vaughn with MedHelp 280 that group shouldn't be counted out.

"I would say that getting tested and finding that you have presence of significant antibodies is as good as having a vaccination card,"Dr. Vaughn said.

ABC 3340's Andrew Donley had COVID last June with most of the common symptoms.

Eight months later, he was tested and his antibody levels were at 370.


Donley went back to get tested again this week - almost one year since the initial infections - and his antibody count grew to 419.

"We do know that they continue to increase at eight months, nine months meaning in your case it's the highest level its been and it's been almost a year and that in all honesty among the thousands of people that I've tested for antibodies I have almost never seen somebody's antibodies come down, yet," Dr. Vaughn said.

And according to Doctor Karen Landers, assistant state health officer, more revelations could be on the way.


"Are we getting closer to determining if this is going to be something that you'll need boosters or an annual shot of?" Andrew Donley asked.

"I think we'll know information, certainly not immediately but I believe as we go over the next several months and continue to look at research and data, that we will be able to determine the appropriateness of boosters and the timeframe for boosters."

Dr. Vaughn said a positive COVID test isn't the same as having antibodies.

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If you think you've had COVID or even tested positive for it, he recommends either getting an antibody test to be sure or talk to your doctor about a vaccine.

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