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More coronavirus patients testing positive again after recovery: report

By John Bowden – 04/09/20

Coronavirus patients in South Korea are now testing positive for the virus a second time, health officials are warning, following similar reports in other countries.

Bloomberg reported Thursday that the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement announcing a formal investigation that dozens of patients have retested positive for the disease.

“While we are putting more weight on reactivation as the possible cause, we are conducting a comprehensive study on this,” KCDC Director-General Jeong Eun-kyeong said, according to Bloomberg. “There have been many cases when a patient during treatment will test negative one day and positive another.”

NPR reported late last month that similar cases were also discovered in Wuhan, China, where health officials say that some people who tested positive weeks ago for the virus have tested positive again, including two doctors treating patients with the virus.

NPR reported that a false positive is possible if a test picks up residual virus from the initial infection.  

Japan in February reported its first case of a person testing positive twice for the disease. Some health officials have warned that the virus could remain dormant in the body before reaching the lungs and causing havoc.

“Once you have the infection, it could remain dormant with minimal symptoms,” New York University microbiology and pathology professor Philip Tierno Jr. told Reuters. “And then you can get an exacerbation if it finds its way into the lungs.”

For similar reasons, one of the doctors who told NPR they experienced a second positive coronavirus test after a recovery questioned China’s decision to not include asymptomatic carriers in its official case count. China is also not counting new cases found in people who previously had the virus in its official count, NPR noted.

“I have no idea why the authorities choose not to count [asymptomatic] cases in the official case count. I am baffled,” the doctor reportedly said.

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