The results from the American Red Cross after Hannah and I gave blood in Kittery, Maine ten days ago (July 24, 2020).
COVID-19 Antibody Test Result*: Negative
A negative test result means that you probably have not been exposed to COVID-19 and therefore have not developed antibodies to the virus. It also could indicate that antibodies are present but at levels below the test’s threshold for detection, or that the test did not recognize those antibodies. It is possible that you can still contract the virus, if exposed. It takes one to three weeks after an infection for antibodies to be present.
We both are not surprised. We take seriously the big three: social distancing, wearing masks around others, and avoid going inside unless we absolutely must (i.e. grocery shopping and very little else).
Thanks to our Governor Janet Mills and the many responsible citizens of Maine, we as a state are doing well to date. When you consider all the out-of-state visitors to our beaches in southern Maine, it’s surprising how well the Pine Tree State is doing.
Last weekend at noon, Hannah and I biked to the main beach in Ogunquit from our home in York. We rode up and down the massive parking lot and saw two Maine license plates out of seventy. Clearly, Mainers are staying away from the beaches at crunch time.
Hannah and I are able to stay active and are not cloistered. We do play outdoor pickleball in selected groups of four or five and go masked to our gym surrounded by heavy plastic on three sides (though currently we are on haitus). We don’t do restaurants, but get chicken burritos take-out at Loco Coco’s in Kittery. We have a friend or two for social distancing drinks and apps on our front deck. I play ping pong in a trusted friend’s basement once a week. We see our grandsons for 24 hours at our home.
All we do is simple enough because of the warm weather. November is still three months away. Then we’ll go into Phase Two (for us), whatever that might be.
It’s not rocket science to give ourselves the best shot at being Covid-free. We are just trying to live the two R’s: being reasonable and responsible.