Bloomberg News reports:
Researchers are finding evidence that patients who test positive for the coronavirus after recovering aren’t capable of transmitting the infection, and could have the antibodies that prevent them from falling sick again.
Scientists from the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied 285 Covid-19 survivors who had tested positive for the coronavirus after their illness had apparently resolved, as indicated by a previous negative test result.
The so-called re-positive patients weren’t found to have spread any lingering infection, and virus samples collected from them couldn’t be grown in culture, indicating the patients were shedding non-infectious or dead virus particles.
Covid Patients Testing Positive After Recovery Aren’t Infectious, Study Shows. They’re shedding only dead virus. https://t.co/njNxIub67c
— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) May 19, 2020
Well, as most virologists suspected, South Korea reports that those supposed reactivations/reinfections are indeed tests picking up #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #coronavirus RNA. No infectious virus is present, meaning these people can’t infect others.https://t.co/QLWQ8dkIdh
— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen) May 19, 2020