‘It Was Like I Never Had COVID’
A former COVID-19 patient touts monoclonal antibody treatment at Cone Health.
GREENSBORO – The Monday before Thanksgiving, Regina Satterfield knew she didn’t feel quite like herself but figured her allergies were just acting up.
Then she woke up one day unable to get out of bed. “I felt horrible, absolutely horrible,” she said. “I had shortness of breath, body aches and a fever.”
Satterfield did everything she could to protect herself and her family, but with the vaccine still months away at the time, she caught COVID-19. After a difficult week of dealing with severe symptoms, help came in a call from a Cone Health volunteer. Satterfield, a two-time cancer survivor, had been identified as a candidate for one of the health system’s first monoclonal antibody treatments.
“I was like, ‘I’ve got COVID, it’s kicking my butt, so it can’t hurt for me to try it,” said Satterfield, who received the treatment a week after her first symptom. “Within 48 hours, it was like I never had COVID. I was a new person. I have had no issues – none.”
Satterfield is among the more than 3,000 people with COVID-19 to receive a monoclonal antibody infusion from Cone Health. The treatments, administered at Wesley Long Hospital by IV or a shot, reduce the risk of COVID-19 hospital stays and emergency room visits by 60 percent through an infusion of lab-engineered antibodies that help fight the virus. The clinic especially emphasizes care for those without insurance or a primary care provider.
“If there’s anything we can do before the hospitalization to either keep people out or improve their chances of survival, then we need to be doing that,” said Dr. Brent McQuaid, lead physician for COVID-19 at Cone Health. “This is one of the primary ways we can do that.”
The treatment is for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk of severe symptoms due to age (65 and older) or chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Talk to your doctor if you think you qualify for the treatment.
Cone Health also recently opened another clinic at Pomona Drive in Greensboro for high-risk patients who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 but have not yet tested positive for the virus.
While the treatment has proven effective it does not replace the need for vaccination and other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. After her experience with the virus, Satterfield wholeheartedly agrees.
“Let’s get this shot and get rid of this COVID,” she said.