Covid-19: How Long Are You Contagious? Oh My!

In the election clutter, I missed this when it first came in.

In screening patients in a hospital in Kirkland, Washington, doctors found a woman who had not Covid symptoms but in fact had the virus in her upper respiratory tract. Meaning that the woman was contagious.

With periodic testing, and despite treatment with plasma from others who had Covid, the virus remained in her upper respiratory tract for SEVENTY DAYS after initial detection. Yes, 70. Not 10, not 14, the usual recommended quarantine periods.

Which means that she remained contagious for the entire 70 day period.

The disease wasn’t fully out of her body until the 105th day.

How common is this? Frankly, we don’t know. Most patients aren’t tracked that closely for that long. In this case, the patient had a depressed immune system due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and acquired hypogammaglobulinemia.

The implication of the article is that people with other medical conditions that impact the immune system need a much longer quarantine period than currently recommended.

However, antibodies against re-infection may last only 90 days. It’s certainly plausible to get the infection twice per year.

Isn’t Mother Nature so kind?


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