Uh-Oh… Recovered Coronavirus Patients Getting Sick Again

They call them “reactivated,” or patients who had coronavirus, recovered, were cleared by health officials, but are now testing positive for the active virus again.

In South Korea, more than 100 people who were initially clearly of the virus are now sick again, which is raising concerns across a country which has successfully held down the spread of the virus.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the apparent relapses. But Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), has said the virus may have been reactivated rather than the patients being re-infected.  Others question if faulty testing played a part, incorrectly showing the virus as active instead of just present, as you would expect in a patient who recovered.

Maybe. When 10 or 20 patients show positive it’s easy to attribute it to inaccurate results, but the numbers are more worrying now that there are more than 100 cases.

South Korea has called on residents to follow strict social distancing until at least April 19, but as cases have dropped and the weather has improved, a growing number of people have been flouting the guidelines.

At a meeting on disaster management on Monday, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said the government would soon be looking to loosen the guidelines, which call for people to stay at home, avoid social gatherings of any type, and only go out for essential reasons. But he cautioned that life will not go back to what it was before the virus outbreak.

“We need a very cautious approach because any premature easing of social distancing could bring irreversible consequences, and have to ponder deeply about when and how we switch to the new system.”

If the virus can reinfect, or “reactivate” in, recovered patients, it would create a new set of problems for populations around the world. Let’s hope that bad tests are to blame so we can quickly get back to some semblance of normal.

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  1. Reynold Vanden Weghe

    I am more and more convinced that it is the hand of Communist China. I thougth before that it could be an
    accidental escape from a secret laboratory In Huan. Communist China do not care if a million of his own people get dead by the virus. Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and several other dictators killed many more. Communist China realise they cannot win a convential war against the USA. That’s why they try and experience a chemical or biological war, hard to define. They want to dominate the whole humanity. The coronavirus starts again in the north of China close to the border of Siberia, Russia. which they intend also to eliminate.

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