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Source: Recovered COVID-19 Patients   Oct 29, 2020  3 years, 5 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 4 hours, 40 minutes ago

Study Claims That Close To 17 Percent of Recovered COVID-19 Patients Still Carry Virus, Experts Disagree As Current Test Cannot Detect Virus In Intestines Etc

Study Claims That Close To 17 Percent of Recovered COVID-19 Patients Still Carry Virus, Experts Disagree As Current Test Cannot Detect Virus In Intestines Etc
Source: Recovered COVID-19 Patients   Oct 29, 2020  3 years, 5 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 4 hours, 40 minutes ago
Recovered COVID-19 patients are most likely to still have the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in them despite being termed as ‘recovered ‘as a result of negative nasal swab PCR test.


 
A recent research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine presents new findings and data that address important questions pertaining to the containment of the coronavirus pandemic: When should COVID-19 quarantine really end and which continuing symptoms may be more indicative of a positive test in recovered patients? https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(20)30393-7/fulltext
 
The research was conducted by Italian researchers from Fondazione Policlinico Universitario "Agostino Gemelli" IRCCS, Rome, Italy, where a multidisciplinary healthcare service was established for all patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to study what happens to them after recovery and to assess the impact of the virus on their bodies.
 
The study team reported that close to 17 percent of patients considered fully recovered from COVID-19 tested positive for the virus in follow-up screening.
 
COVID-19 recovered patients who continued to have respiratory symptoms, especially sore throat and rhinitis, were more likely to have a new positive test result. This suggests the persistence of these two symptoms should not be underestimated and should be adequately assessed in all patients considered recovered from COVID-19.
 
Lead investigator Professor Dr Francesco Landi, MD, Ph.D., Fondazione Policlinico Universitario "Agostino Gemelli" IRCCS, and Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome-Italy told Thailand Medical News, "Clinicians and researchers have focused on the acute phase of COVID-19, but continued monitoring after discharge for long-lasting effects is needed."
 
The research included 131 patients who met the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for discontinuation of quarantine at least two weeks prior to the follow-up visit.
 
The current WHO criteria specify that the patient should be fever-free without fever-reducing medications for three days, show improvement in any symptoms related to COVID-19, be more than seven days past symptom onset, and test negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus twice, at least 24 hours apart, with reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) testing.
 
For the study, a new RT-PCR test was administered at the time of post-acute care admission. Demographic, medical, and clinical information was collected, with an emphasis on the persistence of symptoms and signs related to COVID-19 such as cough, fatigue, diarrhea, headache, smelling disorders, loss of appetite, sore throat, and rhinitis.
 
It was found that twenty-two (16.7 percent) of the patients t