Oteil Burbridge shared a post to his Instagram on Friday encouraging those who have recovered from confirmed cases of COVID-19 and have since developed antibodies, to donate plasma and help those currently infected with the dangerous virus.
The lengthy post shared by the Dead & Company bassist confirms both he and his wife Jessica Burbridge and their kids were slightly sickened and infected with COVID-19, presumably during their trip to New York City in mid-March for The Brothers at MSG—what wound up being the last event at the NYC arena before the lockdowns began. Oteil and Jess began experiencing the coronavirus symptoms about a week after returning home the trip but were never able to receive tests since their cases weren’t life-threatening.
Their confirmed antibody tests taken in the weeks since revealed what Oteil and Jesse experienced was indeed a less impactful strain of the virus, and now that they’ve all recovered, the musician is making sure to point out the importance of donating plasma for those out there who qualify.
Read the entire post shared by Burbridge below.
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First Plasma Donation for Covid Patients ♥️ About a week after Jess and I got home from our trip to NYC for ABB 50 on March 10, we started having Covid symptoms and were both sick for several days, but it wasn’t severe. Nigel and Kavi both got sick as well a few days after us (also short-lived and not severe). We tried to get tested but since our symptoms weren’t severe and we weren’t over the age of 65, we were told we didn’t qualify for a test. So our family quarantined, like we planned to do anyways, and rested and recovered at home. Last week, Jess got an email from her doctor saying that they had Covid antibody tests so we scheduled an appointment and sure enough, tested positive for the antibodies (but it was confirmed we were no longer shedding the virus). The great thing about a positive antibody test is that you can donate plasma to help critically ill Covid patients. If you suspect you had Covid-19 as well but couldn’t get tested, I want to encourage you to seek out an antibody test and donate plasma if you can. It’s a unique and special opportunity where you could quite literally save someone’s life. #covid19 #helpontheway
Oteil must have recovered pretty quickly, as he’s maintained a consistent virtual performance schedule in the past few weeks while partaking a tribute to the late Bill Withers, and exploring the Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter songbook.