A young, 26-year-old man originating from Houston, Texas is tested positive for the novel coronavirus thrice in just over a period of two months. He shows his deep concern that he thinks the virus is still inside his body. Christian Bermea has first diagnosed positive with this deadly disease on March 19 and ever since he has been tested positive again and again.
Bermea told the news that he is ready to combat the virus ow. He shared that he is definitely feeling much better than before but still, he can’t say that he is 100% healthy right now. He says that his sense of smell is not as good as before and sometimes he also experiences fatigue, difficulty in breathing, and tiredness.
Bermea said that although he is not feeling as sick as he felt when he came to know about his disease for the first time, nearly two months before this day. But he somehow still has the same symptoms and he is practicing self-isolation from that day.
He explained his condition saying the coronavirus isn’t just a physical danger but it’s also a threat to mental health. He is scared because the novel coronavirus is still inside him.
Dr. Sandberg from Kelsey-Seybold Clinic shared with the press that such a patient is special because it could raise new questions on the disease progression and the treatment efficacy. It shows that when a test comes positive it might not always make a person capable of transferring the virus to other people around him. It merely means that the virus has left his genetic mark inside the patient’s body which appears when he gets his test.
Bermea shares that he wants to get his tests re-done for detecting the COVID-19 within this week. If the results showed a positive case again, he would like to wait for at least one month for his next test. Still, if this test shows him a coronavirus patient, it might not mean that he can’t infect other people, but still, it is better to take caution than regret later.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a coronavirus patient would take at least four to six weeks to completely get rid of the infection. The recovery rate largely depends upon the stage and severity of the symptoms and the treatment provided to him.
The disease arises from the combination of the novel coronavirus and the person it infects, and the society where a person lives. Some infected people never show any symptoms asymptomatic and others become so severely ill that they may need ventilators.
Early Chinese data suggested that severe illness occurs mostly in the elderly and it can even cause death but in the United States, especially in the South, many middle-aged adults have been hospitalized, perhaps because they are more likely to have a weak immune system and other chronic illnesses. The novel coronavirus may vary little around the world, but the disease it causes varies a lot.
This explains why the stats about the COVID-19 have been hard to pin down. The case-fatality rate (CFR), the proportion of infected people who die, have ranged from 0.1 to 15 percent. Not having a firm number is frustrating, but also unrealistic to expect one. Maia Majumder, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Maia Majumder said the people are talking about the novel coronavirus case fatality rate as it is unchangeable and that is not really how it works.
The variability of the novel coronavirus is also perplexing doctors. The coronavirus seems to wreak havoc not only on lungs and airways but also on blood vessels, heart, guts, kidneys, and nervous systems. It’s not clear if the novel coronavirus is directly attacking the organs, if the damage stems from the overreaction of the body’s immune system, if it may be the result of the side effects of COVID-19 treatments, or if organs are failing due to prolonged stays on ventilators.