DOH Bicol reports possible reinfection of patient with COVID-19

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The Department of Health Center for Health Development – Bicol reported yesterday the possible reinfection of a patient with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Out of thee sixty test results released yesterday, three turned out to be positive cases. Aside from the two new cases reported, Bicol#34 tested positive again for COVID-19.

“Bicol#34 is a 34-year old female from Legazpi City, Albay who happens to be a close contact of Bicol#19 and Bicol#21. She consulted last April 21, 2020 and was then collected swab specimen. Her first test yielded positive on April 22, 2020,” said the Health department.

“On the next day, she was collected another specimen which resulted as negative on the day it was released on April 26, 2020. This prompted the health facility for her discharge with advice made to strictly comply with another 14-day quarantine,” it added.

As part of her follow-up check-up last May 12, she was recollected of specimen and resulted positive yesterday, May 14, 2020.

“DOH CHD – Bicol reiterates its call to the confirmed cases to strictly follow the isolation and quarantine protocol for 14-days after 1st negative results, and before the repeat swab,” the department noted.

Just like what hhave been reported and published in China, South Korea, and Japan,such condition could be attributed to factors related to specimen collection, cold chain issues and testing.

“It is also possible that a recovered COVID-19 patient would test positive again if tests would pick up remnants of the virus. The virus activity and inactivity cannot be specifically determined thus clinical correlation and close patient monitoring is highly recommended,” said the department.

The DOH said that their own officials and other health experts are continuing to study the possibility of COVID-19 reinfection or reactivation

“There is still no evidence suggesting that people who have had COVID-19 would be immune to a second infection,” said the department.

DOH CHD Bicol meanwhile,reminded the public that the Community Quarantine is still in effect, thus, guidelines and directives must be complied with.

“Staying in our homes is one of the simplest yet helpful acts which we can contribute in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said the department.