Despite his scary diagnosis, Dr. Ordon is happy to share he is now feeling great. He explains he found out he had been infected after he tested positive for the antibodies for COVID-19.
He explains around the end of January, he had traveled to Dubai and Seattle and spoke at a TED Talk, where he interacted with a large number for people, including handshakes and hugs. As he returned home from traveling, Dr. Ordon says he felt flu-like symptoms but did not think he had been exposed to coronavirus.
He says his symptoms started with a headache, general malaise, runny nose, sore throat, and aches. His symptoms then progressed to fever, chills, night sweats, which he says were "pretty brutal." The symptom that caused him the most concern was a cough that he had never experienced before. He says it was "deep and sort of tight."
Dr. Ordon says a major takehome is, "We don't know exactly how this immunity for this virus is going to work... will I have a long-lasting immunity or short-lasting immunity?" Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Ordon note based on the way other coronaviruses like SARS acts, scientists think people will have immunity after being infected.
Despite having already had it, Dr. Ordon says he will not let his guard down moving forward when it comes to being vigilant with his coronavirus preventive measures.
The Doctors are thrilled that Dr. Ordon had a good outcome and recovered from his battle with the virus, something he attributes to taking good care of himself, which includes plenty of healthy eating and doing anything he could to help boost his immune system.
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