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.

This has caused some patients to be turned away from plasma donation sites.


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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