WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Rita Wilson guested on the Ellen Degeneres show and shared that she tested negative for the COVID-19 antibodies.
- The presence of antibodies is a result of exposure to the virus from an infection or vaccination, according to the CDC.
- The CDC also warns that having the antibodies does not guarantee that people will not get sick with the coronavirus again.
Last March 2020 while working in Australia, Rita Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks contracted COVID-19.
In April, they talked about their experience. Wilson recalls that she felt very tired, achy and lost her sense of taste and smell. She also had fever, was nauseous, had vertigo and could hardly walk from very weak muscles.
When they recovered, the couple decided to donate their plasma in aid of COVID-19 research after they got tested for antibodies.
Now, after 10 months, the 64-year-old actress and singer said in her appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, said that sadly she no longer has COVID-19 antibodies.
She joked to Ellen, “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.”
63-year-old Degeneres who also suffered from the coronavirus mentioned that she still has to be tested for antibodies.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the presence of antibodies indicates that a person has been exposed to the virus through vaccination or infection. It may not prevent previously infected persons from getting the virus again, but it can help ward off and protect the person.
The CDC also warned that the current available antibody tests may not give accurate results. It also would determine a person’s immunity to the coronavirus.
Wilson hopes that things will soon start to go back to normal.
She told Degeneres, “We talked when you had it. It’s horrible to have it. Hopefully, now the vaccine is going to be out there and people can get it, and we can get back to normal life soon.”