Coronavirus reappears in patients weeks after being discharged

Coronavirus reappears in patients weeks after being discharged

- In China, health officials noted most of the discharged patients tested positive weeks after being released from hospital

- A similar case was recorded in Japan where a woman working as a tour-bus guide tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time

- Medical experts have attributed to reinfection to the fact that patients who recover from the epidermic hardly develop enough antibodies to develop immunity to the virus

- Medics further note that Coronavirus could be “biphasic”, meaning it lies dormant before creating new symptoms later on

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Efforts to eradicate coronavirus outbreak have suffered a major setback after doctors in China and Japan confirmed that patients who had recovered from the epidermic tested positive weeks later.

The coronavirus outbreak has spread rapidly and widely, infecting about 80,000 people globally and killing more than 2000, with China being the worst hit.

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Coronavirus reappears in patients weeks after being discharged

Doctors in a laboratory setting up a station for managing coronavirus patients. Photo: CNBC.
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Health officials in the Asian country have, however, noted most of the discharged patients throughout the country were testing positive after released from the hospital.

The same scenario was recorded in Japan where a woman working as a tour-bus guide tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time.

The Japanese national first tested positive in late January 2020 and was discharged from the hospital after recovering on Feb 1, 2020.

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Coronavirus reappears in patients weeks after being discharged

Health official screening passenger for coronavirus. Photo: People's Daily.
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On Wednesday, February 26, the middle-aged woman tested positive after developing a sore throat and chest pains.

In China, medics said some of the discharged patients were testing positive to the virus weeks after being released. They, however, noted such patients who have not been found to be infectious yet.

One of the causes that experts have attributed to reinfection is the fact that patients who recover from the epidermic hardly develop enough antibodies to develop immunity to the virus.

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Testing discrepancies have also been listed by medical experts as another possible cause for such scenarios to be recorded.

According to experts interviewed by People’s Daily, some hospitals were testing nose and throat samples when deciding whether patients should be discharged, but new tests were finding the virus in the lower respiratory tract.

Further, medics note that Coronavirus could be “biphasic”, meaning it lies dormant before creating new symptoms later on.

In another health-related report, the people of Kpekpo in the North Tongu District of Volta Region who share muddy drinking water with cattle have made their voices known as they cry to the government for urgent assistance toward the supply of potable water.

A report gathered by YEN.com.gh indicates that the inhabitants of Kpekpo and it environs lack basic amenities with one of such relevant ones being good drinking water.

The only source of water for the community is a muddy stream that serves as a drinking place for cattle.

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