New research finds it could take a month for patients to clear the virus
Covid-19 patients may need to wait over a month before being retested to know whether they have cleared the virus, and one in five negative test results could be false, according to research published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal.
Dr. Francesco Venturelli of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and colleagues studied 1,162 patients in the Reggio Emilia Province of Italy who tested positive for Covid-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
Patients were retested around 15 days after their first test, 14 days after their second and nine days after their third. The researchers set these time intervals in accordance with European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
About 60.6% of the patients who recovered tested negative for Covid-19 by their first follow-up test. Another test confirmed that negative result in just 78.7% of these patients, which the team …continued .
[Original Source: CNN]