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Coronavirus may ‘reactivate’ in cured patients, Korean CDC Says

A patient is deemed fully recovered when two tests conducted with a 24-hour interval show negative results.
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The coronavirus may be “reactivating” in people who have been cured of the illness, according to Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 51 patients classed as having been cured in South Korea have tested positive again, the CDC said in a briefing on Monday. Rather than being infected again, the virus may have been reactivated in these people, given they tested positive again shortly after being released from quarantine, said Jeong Eun-kyeong, director-general of the Korean CDC.

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

A patient is deemed fully recovered when two tests conducted with a 24-hour interval show negative results.

The Korean CDC will conduct an epidemiological probe into the cases, Jeong said.

South Korea was one of the earliest countries to see a large-scale coronavirus outbreak, but the country has seen just 200 deaths and a falling new case tally since peaking at 1 189 on February 29. One of the world’s most expansive testing programs and a tech-driven approach to tracing infections has seen Korea contain its epidemic without lockdowns or shuttering businesses.

Fear of re-infection in recovered patients is also growing in China, where the virus first emerged last December, after reports that some tested positive again and even died from the disease after supposedly recovering and leaving hospital. There’s little understanding of why this happens, although some believe that the problem may lie in inconsistencies in test results.

As of Wednesday, South Korea had 10,384 virus cases, with 6 776 released from hospital, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.

Epidemiologists around the world are in a race to find out more about the virus that causes Covid-19. The pathogen’s rapid global spread has recently seen the focus shift to patients who contract the virus but display few or atypical symptoms. Korea has been at the forefront of tracking these cases, which are causing particular concern in China, where the epidemic is showing signs of coming under control.

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The unknowns of this virus is the really scary part..

Perhaps it would be best if the lock-down is extended

From the worldwide numbers it is clear longer lockdowns are still necessary.

The economic reality in SA is that an extended lockdown will be very different than this first part though. In the first part most employees still received their salary.

In an extension many businesses cannot afford to pay employees any longer, and at that point it becomes a whole new ball game.

There is so much unknown still, only now reports are coming out cats can carry the virus! They need to be included in efforts against the virus.

The only way out is perhaps partially opening areas.

This will require identification of virus hot spots with further isolation (like in India) and strict sanitary rules in opened areas such as compulsory use of masks.

Yes and support people more directly. Argentina started state payments by IDs, not bailouts that is supposed to flow from top down.

Ebola virus reappeared in the British nurse who had apparently recovered. It had been lurking in her eye fluids. If this is also the case with the covid virus resistance, then it casts a whole new and worrying perspective on the ability of the human body to effectively destroy the virus once infected. Antivirals may be also required . More research required urgently.

the kicker in corona… the zombie gene

China really sprung a nasty one on us this time….well done for eating bats.

The US is likely going to use this “CHINA MUST PAY” rhetoric (with most of world’s nations, that suffered, in support) to start nuclear war with China, in the hope of wiping out this growing economy once and for all, as competition for the US (?)

Wonder if Russia will sit still..(?)

This is the game changer if true. It means an antidote is imperative. Until that our life in this world have changed irrevocably. Be that as it may, we will, perhaps not me, will overcome. All just be strong.

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