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Tested positive after 28 days.

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Gizmosnana Sun 26-Apr-20 09:39:38

My cousin mid march had symptoms of high temperature, coughing and fatigue. As she is front line nursing staff she self isolated for 14 days.
Fortunately it wasn't her days to return to work for another 5 days. The day before she returned to work she went shopping etc.
Went back to work for 10 days.
Last week she was ill again her manager arranged for her to be tested which came back positive.
This means that if the first time she was ill(not tested) was covid it's over 28 days since then.
Last night she was admitted to hospital with breathing difficulty. Her husband is now also ill but not as bad to be admitted.
Maybe covid lasts longer than we thought.

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darceybusselllovesbrussells Sun 26-Apr-20 09:41:07

I could be that in mid-March she had standard flu?

Looneytune253 Sun 26-Apr-20 09:47:48

Chances are it wasn't cv the first time then

Sunshinegirl82 Sun 26-Apr-20 10:03:28

Most likely scenario is that she had something else in mid March and caught CV at work following her return.

I hope she recovers quickly.

Lifeisabeach09 Sun 26-Apr-20 10:15:50

The virus can last a long time with some people even when symptoms abate. Or It is entirely possible she was reinfected again.

Hannah021 Sun 26-Apr-20 10:18:36

Im not sure there is evidence to suggest covid doesnt return, and that we build immunity to it.
I thought this is still an open question?

Sunshinegirl82 Sun 26-Apr-20 10:23:03

Antibodies have been found in the blood of those who recover which indicates an immune response. Some level of immunity is likely.

What we do not yet know is how effective that immunity is or how long it lasts.

Reallybadidea Sun 26-Apr-20 10:28:31

Went back to work for 10 days.
Last week she was ill again her manager arranged for her to be tested which came back positive.

I'm sorry they're both so unwell. Sounds like she caught it when she went back to work or out shopping. There were other bugs circulating in March, like flu. Given that her husband didn't get sick the first time around and then did on the second occasion, then it seems very unlikely that she had it in March.

I hope they both make a quick recovery.

Lifeisabeach09 Sun 26-Apr-20 10:30:41


Sunshinegirl82 Sun 26-Apr-20 10:42:09


The WHO stated in January that there was “no evidence” of human to human transmission of the virus. The evidence later became available.

“No evidence” means exactly that. It doesn’t mean that immunity is impossible or even unlikely.

This particular statement was to in connection with the use of immunity passports. The WHO is discouraging countries from using them as there are concerns that due to the various unknowns they could in fact promote the spread of the virus.

Lifeisabeach09 Sun 26-Apr-20 10:47:21

@sunshinegirl82, I read the commentary. No evidence at this time. But I'll take their words as currently factual until it changes.

Sunshinegirl82 Sun 26-Apr-20 10:52:21

Yes, it is currently factual that there is “no evidence” that’s it. In January it was also factual that there was “no evidence” of human to human transmission.

Keepdistance Sun 26-Apr-20 10:58:59

S korea found some people got reactivation after being swabbed clear.
Which imo is a huge concern in letting everyone catch this including children (who wants to keep getting this!)

i had similar dd was ill end feb cough temp runny nose then cough. Dd1 sore throat and i felt weird and chills.
We havent been out since then but got
Sore throat and coughs all of us. Very nasty cough and i had SOB.
It is possible people get a worse reaction when exposed a second time - that happened with sars and is a concern with the vax

Sunshinegirl82 Sun 26-Apr-20 11:15:01

In South Korea there were a very small number of cases where a person tested positive having previously tested negative.

It is not yet known for definite why that happened but it is being investigated. It could be a reinfection, the previous infection reactivating or a testing error.

As far as I am aware none of the people who had a second positive test showed symptoms a second time.

Keepdistance Sun 26-Apr-20 13:05:17

A couple did as did some in china. Im hoping it's just testing error.

But i think it cannt be thst widespread of china would have stsrted other waves rather than being i fected by people entering the country

effingterrified Sun 26-Apr-20 14:30:55

China is quarantining people who are still testing positive after a long time to prevent further spread - this is why they are not spreading it there, as need negative tests to be let out of quarantine.

You can see that the virus can easily last longer than a month, with the symptoms coming in waves - see the 40 plus plus thread on here, for people who've had it over 40 days.

We clearly need to ensure that at the least all healthcare workers (should really be everyone) tests clearly negative before ending self-isolation, and certainly before going back to work.

justanotherneighinparadise Sun 26-Apr-20 14:39:32

Until we can test everyone regularly with accurate tests, nobody knows! It sounds as though she didn’t have covid the first time but who is to say!

wintertravel1980 Sun 26-Apr-20 15:02:18

Even people who have recovered from C19 can continue testing positive for several weeks.

I have a friend in the US who tested positive for C19 mid-March. He had a rough first week but started feeling better by days 8-10. His doctor was comfortable letting him return to work right after Easter without any further testing.

He has gone back to the hospital to donate blood plasma this week ago and his C19 antigen test came back positive. The doctor told him it is a known phenomenon. Some recovered patients may continue testing positive for an extended period of time. They are (apparently) no longer contagious and should not worry about C19 relapses.

Keepdistance Sun 26-Apr-20 15:15:10

Those poor people in china.
I wonder why people shed so slowly.
Maybe they can find an antiviral to get rid of it quicker.

Presents a hugw issue though if even a tiny % and china only had 80k infected caaes plus i guess non hospital ones. That presents huge issues for shielded people.

Also scary for anyone whose had it that might reactivate worse.
Maybe those people end up with very strong antibodies as they keep fighting it off

Dorual Sun 26-Apr-20 15:49:44

It's scary that it can possibly reactivate worse shock

Sunshinegirl82 Sun 26-Apr-20 16:13:15

I am not aware of any evidence anywhere that suggests that the virus will reactivate worse. Do you have a link to the source for that?

Dorual Sun 26-Apr-20 16:27:58

I'm just reacting to @Keepdistance

Keepdistance Sun 26-Apr-20 19:48:09

Sorry, i mean yes it might reactivate/not go away/reinfect they arent sure. But i mean if id had covid i would worry about reactication as thryve had cases of that and i would fear that it might be worse the next time. (Ie maybe if you are already feeling ill with a cold or in winter or when run down).
As in say CP coming back as shingles but mainly when you are older

twinnywinny14 Sun 26-Apr-20 19:53:03

It’s highly possible that the immunity either isn’t high enough to prevent recatching it or the immunity is short lived. Normal flu can be caught repeatedly and a vaccine doesn’t last long. There is also the possibility of a different strain, as with flu

DBML Sun 26-Apr-20 19:56:14

So, the fact of the matter is that we’re going to have to learn to live with the virus. There’s no point waiting until 2021 to get out and start living’ll still be here.

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