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No, Devin Nunes did not test positive for COVID-19. Here’s what he said.

No, Devin Nunes doesn’t have the coronavirus. And it’s quite possible he never has had it.

The senior GOP Congressman announced, during a one-hour radio interview with KMJ’s Ray Appleton on Friday, that his blood tested positive for the antibodies of COVID-19.

The topic came up when he reported returning from the Central California Blood Bank to donate blood plasma.

“I got back from giving blood because I tested positive for the antibodies,” Nunes said on KMJ.

Since August, Nunes spent a seven-figure sum promoting the donation of blood plasma to local blood banks as part of his campaign television barrage.

Speaking with Appleton, Nunes acknowledged he was practicing what he preached during campaign season.

Following his admission of a positive antibody result, national news outlets quickly reported Nunes tested positive for COVID-19, which is not entirely what antibody testing suggests.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said that a positive antibody result “shows that you may have antibodies from an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, there is a chance that a positive result means you have antibodies from an infection with a different virus from the same family of viruses (called coronaviruses).”

If Nunes did become infected with the coronavirus, he reported being unaware of any particular symptoms.

This story will be updated.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.