WHO: Recovered Coronavirus Patients Test Positive Again | Breaking News

The World Health Organization announced on April 11th, 2020 that they are investigating reports that several COVID-19 patients who tested negative for the disease tested positive again.

WHO: Recovered COVID-19 Patients Testing Positive Again

On April 10, 2020, South Korean officials said that 91 patients who tested negative for the novel coronavirus tested positive again.

Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Jeong Eun-kyeong said that the novel coronavirus may not have been re-infected. Rather, the novel coronavirus may have been “reactivated” in the patients.

The World Health Organization said that they are liaising with their “clinical experts and working hard to get more information on those individual cases”.

They also said, “It is important to make sure that when samples are collected for testing on suspected patients, procedures are followed properly”.

The Straits Times reported that, according to the World Health Organization’s guidelines on clinical management, clinically recovered patients can be discharged from confinement after receiving two negative results at least 24 hours apart.

The World Health Organization said that they “need a systematic collection of samples from recovered patients to better understand how long they shed live virus”.

Health authorities from Guangdong, China reported that around 14% of recovered coronavirus patients tested positive for the disease in later check-ups.

According to The Straits Times, this means that the patients may still carry the novel coronavirus, making it more of a challenge for authorities to control the spread of the virus.

Guangdong Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Deputy Director Dr. Song Tie said that they are unsure why patients test positive again and if the patients could still infect others.

However, medical experts believe that recovered patients may have not yet fully recovered from lung infections.

Guidelines issued by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China state that patients can be released from hospital once their swab tests come out negative, CT scan indicates no lung lesions, and no symptoms are evident.

Patients who have been deemed healthy should still limit their outdoor activities for two weeks after they leave the hospital.

They also have to return for re-testing after several weeks.

Guang-zhou No. 8 People’s Hospital said that 13 of their discharged patients tested positive again despite exhibiting no symptoms.

104 close contacts of the discharged patients were also tested and their results came out negative.

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