Oklahoma Woman Recovering After Testing Positive For COVID-19 Twice


Monday, September 28th 2020, 4:43 pm
By: Mallory Thomas


TULSA -

A northeastern Oklahoma woman is recovering in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 for a second time.

Tisha Davis tested positive for COVID-19 in April and tested positive last week, for a second time.

Davis said the symptoms this time are worse than they were in April. 

“It’s just scary not to be able to breathe. The exhaustion," said Davis. 

Davis checked into the hospital last week after losing her sense of taste. 

“By Monday I couldn’t even breathe. So I went to the hospital, and they said that I probably had COVID," said Davis. 

Davis tested positive for COVID in April. Then in May, another COVID test showed she was negative for the virus.

Last week, she received the results showing she was positive for the virus again. 

“You honestly don’t now if you’re going to get another breath, and so you’re frightened; and I miss my family," said Davis.

Davis said no one in her family has the virus, and she isn't sure where she got it.

Dr. Dale Bratzler said getting the virus twice is very uncommon. 

“We have no idea what the true rate of reinfection may be because, it appears, when you looks at the millions of cases of COVID-19 in the United States there really aren’t very many reported reinfections," said Dr. Bratzler. 

He said there are still a lot of unknowns around the immunity of the virus and how long it lasts. 

“I know that in many of the vaccine trials they are carefully looking at both b-cell antibody based immunity but also t-cell immunity, which is the longer lasting immunity," said Dr. Bratzler. 

Davis said when she gets out of the hospital she plans to work with a doctor to find out why she's one of the few to test positive twice. 

“COVID is very, very painful; the pain in your chest--that’s kind of let up a little bit today; so, I think that I am mending," said Davis.