Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies

Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies
© Greg Nash

Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieRon Paul hospitalized in Texas GOP lawmaker praises Kyle Rittenhouse's 'restraint' for not emptying magazine during shooting Rep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Ky.) said he is planning to donate plasma after recently testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

The Kentucky Republican, speaking late last week on Glenn Beck's radio show, said he was tested for both the coronavirus and antibodies in late July and that the antibodies test came back positive, the Courier-Journal reported Tuesday.

Massie said he's convinced he contracted the virus in January, the same month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case on U.S. soil.

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He added that he believes the antibodies probably provided him with some immunity around his peers who contracted the virus around the Capitol.

“I would imagine the antibodies probably conferred some immunity to me for the past several months that I didn't know about,” Massie told the Washington Examiner on the same day as the Glenn Beck interview.

A medical study released in July found that patients who recover from COVID-19 may lose their immunity to the virus within months. The study found that 60 percent of the patients had a “potent” antibody response at peak of their coronavirus infection. After about two months, however, just 16.7 percent of the patients had a potent antibody response.

“I would have gotten an antibody test sooner, but the media described this as a lung condition," Massie told the Examiner. "And it wasn't until I heard reports from most of the people that it actually manifested itself as a fever and sore throat and lack of energy and didn't go to their lungs. Once they got more reports that have symptoms that lined up with the symptoms that I had in January, that compelled me to go to get the antibody test."

Massie drew the ire of fellow Republicans, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE, when he opposed a record $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package that broad bipartisan support.

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Massie said he wasn't sure where he contracted the virus.

“I was sick for four days with a fever and a sore throat and very little energy. I had super low energy. I went to the doctor on Jan. 7, and I told him I had to get back to work, so they gave me an anti-histamine and shot of Rocephin, and I felt better the next day," he told the newspaper.

Massie said his test from late July showed that his antibody level was triple the threshold recommended by the Food and Drug Administration for plasma donation, making him a qualified donor.

Massie is the 12th lawmaker to have tested positive for COVID-19. He joins Reps. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamKate Schroder in Ohio among Democratic challengers squelching GOP hopes for the House Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report MORE (D-S.C.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-Balart'Trump show' convention sparks little interest on K Street Rep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 Watchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.), Neal DunnNeal Patrick DunnRep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 Watchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE (R-Fla.), Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyFederal judge rules Pennsylvania's coronavirus orders are unconstitutional Judge halts Trump campaign's mail-voting lawsuit against Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Pa.), Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceRep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 Watchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE (R-S.C.), Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithRep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 Watchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE (R-Va.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertRep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 Watchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE (R-Texas), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse passes legislation to boost election security research House Republicans investigating California secretary of state's contract with Biden-linked firm House Democrats' campaign arm releases ads hitting 10 Republicans on health care MORE (R-Ill.) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRon Paul hospitalized in Texas The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Rand Paul says he can't judge 'guilt or innocence' in Breonna Taylor case MORE (R-Ky.).