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COVID-19 cases still infectious a week after symptoms disappear - Study
People who contract COVID-19 could still be spreading the virus well after their symptoms disappear and they feel as though they have 'recovered', new research suggests.

The study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, looked at Chinese patients who contracted coronavirus in late January or early February.

Eight of 16 patients who had been admitted to PLA General Hospital in Beijing still carried the virus well after they believed themselves to be healthy, the Yale University School of Medicine researchers found.

Some were still infectious as many as eight days after their coughs and fevers had gone away.

The study calls into question whether a 14-day quarantine period for coronavirus patients - a protocol adopted by countries all over the world, including New Zealand - is long enough.

Quote:"The most significant finding from our study is that half of the patients kept shedding the virus even after resolution of their symptoms," said Dr Lokesh Sharma, the study's co-lead author.

"More severe infections may have even longer shedding times."


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