A 26-year-old man from Houston, Texas has tested positive for the novel coronavirus thrice in just over the period of two months and he is scared the coronavirus is still inside him. Christian Bermea was first diagnosed with the disease on March 19 and has tested positive twice since.
Bermea told the news that he is ready for it to be done. He shared that he is definitely feeling a lot better than he did at the beginning, but he is still not at his 100 per cent. His smell isn’t as good as it used to be, shortness of breath and fatigue.
Bermea said that although he is not feeling as sick as he did almost two months ago but he is still experiencing some symptoms and has continued to self-isolate. He explained his condition saying the coronavirus isn’t just a physical process but it’s also a mental one. He is scared because the novel coronavirus is still inside him.
Dr Sandberg from Kelsey-Seybold Clinic said the patient like this can raise many questions. The positive test does not mean you’re able to infect other people. This means you have part of the virus genetic code in your body.
Bermea told that he plans to get tested again for COVID-19 later this week. He said that if test results come back positive, it’s likely he will wait a month before taking another test. He added that even if the test comes back positive, and you feel like you can’t infect others then it’s better to play it safe than sorry.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it may take two to six weeks to recover from the novel coronavirus. The rate of recovery will depend on the severity of the disease as well as treatment. The WHO report says the median time from onset of disease to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately two weeks and for severe or critical patients is three to six weeks.
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 per cent. 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.