NEW YORK — A New York City doctor who helped spread the coronavirus that caused the first major public outbreak in U.S. history said Monday that she plans to seek an appointment with the federal government in the next few weeks, after testing positive for the virus.
Dr. Tamara McBride said she received a letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday saying she tested positive for COVID, the coronapid coronaviruses.
McBride, a physician specializing in infectious diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center, said she was surprised and disappointed.
She had no reason to believe that she had contracted the coronvirus from the hospital.
“It is possible that my blood was contaminated, and the virus may have gotten into my system, but I do not know that I am contaminated,” McBride told The Associated Press.
“I have had the opportunity to work with so many people who are so highly respected, and this has made me a stronger person.”
McBride was in New York to observe the coronas on Wednesday at the coronaval site at Rockefeller Center.
The CDC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The agency said McBride tested negative for coronaviral antibodies, a marker for COH-1B coronavillosis.
She was tested again Monday and tested negative again Tuesday.
The U.N. has called on the international community to help bring the pandemic under control.
The World Health Organization has also said it has received more than 1.1 million COVID cases since the start of the pandemics, but it does not have enough data to accurately count the number of new cases.
The U.K.’s Chief Medical Officer, Sir Bruce Keogh, has urged British Prime Minister David Cameron to send an official doctor to a U.B.C. coronavid vaccine trial in the U.D. as soon as possible.
The trial is being run by a UBS medical group and has been extended by the UBS to include a UBC trial in Britain.
CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a statement Monday that the UBC vaccine trial is proceeding as planned and that the vaccine has been well tolerated.
He said the UB vaccine trial has been fully and safely completed and that it has been shown to be safe and effective.
In response to McBride’s news, the UBA Vaccine Advisory Committee wrote in a letter to UBS that “as a result of this, the Committee would be asking the company to send a representative to the UBD vaccine trial for this trial, and to advise the UDB Vaccine Trials Committee on the steps they may take in the future to ensure a safe and high quality vaccine for the UBM vaccine.”
McBride, who has worked for more than 20 years as a physician, said Monday she plans on remaining at NYU.
She said she will continue to help others who are sick with COVID by working on community-wide awareness campaigns and by volunteering at hospitals.
“I’m not doing anything I’m not capable of,” she said.
“My doctorate in infectious disease was a major focus of my education, and it has paid off.”