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Oklahoma COVID expert weighs in on President Trump’s “immunity” statement

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Posted at 8:51 PM, Oct 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 12:39:46-04

TULSA, Okla. — President Donald Trump announced Sunday, October 11th, that he fully recovered from Coronavirus.

He said he's now immune to the virus, saying he "can't get it and can't give it."

In an interview on Sunday with Fox News, he broke the news stating he beat the Coronavirus and now is immune.

Dr. Dale Bratzler, the Chief COVID Officer with The University of Oklahoma, told 2 Works for You, "we don't know whether you can be re-infected or not."

"There is some period of immunity after you've recovered from COVID-19. What we don't know is how long it lasts," Dr. Bratzler said.

President Trump took to Twitter after his interview, saying he received "a total and complete sign-off from the White House doctors," adding "I can't get it (immune) and can't give it."

Twitter flagged the President's tweet and limited it's share-ability.

Dr. Bratzler said, "positive cases build antibodies to the virus that make the infected person immune for two to three months, but immunity likely doesn't last forever.

Data shows re-infection is shown in two known cases; Dr. Bratzler said the infected individuals recovered, had negative tests, and got infected again with new symptoms.

Dr. Bratzler added the two confirmed cases of re-infection likely aren't the only COVID re-infections.

President Trump returns to his re-election campaign on Monday, his first time traveling for a rally since testing positive for the virus.

"So I think it's unlikely that he will spread the disease at this point and I think it is likely that he has built up immunity to the virus that infected him, but three months from now, I think all bets are off until we have the data", Dr. Bratzler said.

2 Works for You found the CDC allows COVID patients to return from isolation ten days after they test positive, as long as symptoms stop and their temperature is normal for 24-hours without medication.

President Trump is scheduled to be at a rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday, October 12th. Monday marks ten days since he announced a positive test for COVID-19.

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