Various medical professionals have expressed concerns after researchers in Britain identified the very first person believed to have had COVID-19 for an incredible 505 days before their death.
The unnamed individual was first diagnosed in 2020 with respiratory issues, which had improved over time, but tested positive for 45 times before being admitted to hospital before their death. The previous record is believed to be that of an individual who tested positive persistently for 335 straight days, a team from King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust said.
Persistent infection, rather than repeated contracting of COVID-19, is seen in individuals with weak immune systems, with consultant virologist Gaia Nebbia holding that novel variants may occur in immunocompromised patients.
This was one of the hypotheses from studies conducted by Nebbia and her team from studies of nine COVID patients in London and the development of their conditions over time. It is also reported that some developed multiple mutations associated with the Alpha, Delta and Omicron variants. One patient in particular is reported to have tested positive for eight weeks at the least, with infections lasting for averages of 73 days.
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