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Recovered coronavirus patients may continue to test positive weeks later

WNYT Staff
Created: April 22, 2020 03:31 PM

New information suggests many coronavirus patients who have recovered from the virus, could still test positive.

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Albany Medical Center released a statement which said:

"We have found that in people who had COVID-19 infection whose symptoms completely resolved 14-27 days prior, approximately 70% will be COVID-19 positive on a repeat nasopharyngeal swab. It is suspected that the nasopharyngeal swab is picking up dead virus and that these individuals may not be contagious with active COVID-19. However, since we still know so little about COVID-19, we cannot be sure that this is the case."


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