UPDATE – “I Don’t Have COVID!” – John Duran Gets False Positive for COVID-19

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“AND JUST LIKE THAT – I AM IN THE CLUB – I HAVE COVID,” posted former council member and Mayor of the City of West Hollywood, John Duran, on his Facebook timeline.

Duran wrote that he received a text from a friend who had tested positive for COVID yesterday, Thursday, May 5, 2022. She wanted to alert those of us who had dinner with her to get tested.

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Then a day later he wrote: “AND POOF! – I AM OUT OF THE CLUB. COVID TEST NEGATIVE
What a roller coaster week it has been. Last week I spent time with a friend. This past week she texted me to tell me that she was positive for COVID. I tested myself on Thursday and received a positive COVID test. I had no symptoms and felt 100% fine. Yesterday, I spent all day in bed and bored. Didn’t feel sick. But I isolated and rested thinking that was the thing to do.”

The full update is below:

This morning – I woke up again feeling fine and did another COVID test. This morning I tested negative. WTF. OK. So a few possibilities:
1. I had a false positive test earlier this week and did not have COVID (although I thought this was rare).
2. I contracted COVID last week – didn’t know it – was infectious and maybe I infected my friend? And ran around like typhoid Mary not realizing I was contagious. (But all my other contacts including my partner Mark all tested negative. So, maybe not).
3. Being double boosted last month coupled with my high natural interferon from 30 years of anti viral therapies for HIV – COVID was in, got hit hard, I did not and COVID was out.
Not sure what happened. But this new Omicron variant is far more contagious than Delta was and simultaneously far less severe due to its mutations, the vaccines and the boosters. Got it. Had it. Gone.
A STEADY CLIMB IN COVID ACTIVITY
This from a story in the LA Times this morning. Coronavirus cases are on the rise across LA County (no kiddin!). Countywide, 108 work sites reported new clusters of COVID cases in the last week – up from 82 the previous week.
Overall, the average number of new COVID infections has risen 29% since last week from 1835 to 2366. On a per capita basis, LA is now tallying 164 cases a week for every 100,000 residents. These current case rates are still well below the peak of the winter Omicron surge where LA was reporting almost 42,000 cases per day or nearly 2900 cases per 100,000 residents.
I guess all of this is a reminder that it’s still hovering in our midst. Still need to vaccinate, get boosted, wear masks in crowded indoors, general physical distancing. COVID is still hopping around looking for a hosts – whether the stay is for short term or long term!
Cloudy and 72 degrees in LA Today. Enjoy Saturday!

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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Enough!
Enough!
13 days ago

It’s like getting the flu now. If you’re vaccinated it is not a big deal. This should not be news.