Covid-19 infected woman baffles Kerala doctors by testing positive 19 times without symptoms

South India

Doctors in Kerala are baffled by the erratic behaviour of novel coronavirus that continues to reap havoc across the world.

The strange behaviour of the Sars-Cov2 virus was noticed in a 62-year-old woman in Pathanamthitta, who contracted the disease after she came in contact with a family returned from Italy with the virus in early March.

A Hindustan Times report said that combination drugs that the doctors used to treat the women several times has had no impact on her. She was tested positive for the virus 19 successive times. Curiously, she is still not showing any symptoms.

Pathanamthitta district medical officer Dr N Sheeja said that she had sought the advice of the state medical board in this regard.

The woman was admitted to the hospital on March 10 after she came in contact with the Italy returned family. Though the family members and eight others infected by them have left the hospital fully recovered, the 62-year-old woman is still languishing in the hospital.

“She doesn’t have other health problems now. Though she is asymptomatic she can transmit the disease to others. In Kozencherry government hospital we are planning to transfer her to Kottayam medical college hospital if the next result also turns positive,” the HT quoted one of the doctors treating her as saying.

The late onset of the disease has now emerged as another worry for overworked health officials. In Kozhikkode (north Kerala) a person returned from Dubai on March 18, tested positive at least 29 days after he was exposed to the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had prescribed a 14-day incubation period for coronavirus but Kerala had extended it to 28 days to ensure that an asymptomatic person or a patient is disinfected completely.

In Pathanamthitta a girl student, who travelled in a compartment in which some Tablighi Jammat members were also travelling, tested positive 22 days after her trip. Under observation she remained asymptomatic throughout but turned positive when her observation period was about to end. She was asymptomatic even after she tested positive on April 6, said doctors (with inputs from Hindustan Times).

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