Texas woman tests positive for COVID-19 a second time


DALLAS, Texas (WJW) — A woman in Texas is sharing her story of battling COVID-19 for a second time.

In an emotional post on Facebook, Meredith McKee shared a tearful picture of herself in the hospital.

“For the SECOND time in 12 weeks I have contracted Covid19,” McKee wrote. “Yes, you can get it again and it hit me like a ton of bricks… again.”

“I’m here to tell you this is NOT over, it is very real & nothing to be flippant about,” she wrote.

“There are so many unknowns & the CDC cannot tell whether the virus was dormant all this time or if it was a new contraction. It is very different this time but no less horrendous. Plenty of tears & hurting. People, PLEASE take this seriously,” she said.

“To be alone in the hospital and not have anyone, you know,” McKee told NBC-5 in Dallas.

“I had a dry cough like you would not believe. It would not stop,” she said.

McKee told NBC-5 that when she was diagnosed back in February, she fought the virus from home and beat it. After testing positive for antibodies, she donated her plasma twice to help others battling coronavirus.

“I felt great doing finally something good coming out of the hell that I’ve been through because I’m going to help up to eight people with this plasma,” McKee told NBC-5.

McKee returned to the hospital on Friday after her blood pressure spiked to 216/147, she wrote on Facebook.

She was shocked when she tested positive for COVID-19 again.

An epidemiologist from UT Southwestern — who is not connected to McKee’s case — told NBC-5 that contracting COVID-19 twice appears to uncommon, but is possible.

“We don’t really know how serious the illness is the second time compared to the first time,” Dr. Robert Haley said.

McKee hopes she didn’t expose family and friends.

“I’m mortified and I’m seriously devastated,” she said.

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