Some Delhi hospitals seeing COVID re-emergence in recovered sufferers

New Delhi, August 17

Some hospitals within the nationwide capital have mentioned they’re seeing recovered coronavirus sufferers returning to them with recurrence of the an infection.

Earlier this month, the Delhi government-run Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital noticed two situations of sufferers with relapse of coronavirus, nearly one-and-a-half months after they have been cured of the an infection. In each the situations of relapse, the sufferers had reasonable signs.

Aakash Healthcare in Dwarka had additionally reported a case the place a most cancers affected person recovered from coronavirus and contracted the illness once more after a few months. The second time proved deadly for the affected person who succumbed to the virus.

Last month, the case of a Delhi policeman having a relapse of the novel coronavirus had emerged which had left consultants baffled.

In the identical month, an analogous case had surfaced within the nationwide capital after a nurse employed at a civic-run devoted COVID-19 hospital had examined constructive once more after recovering from the contagious illness.

According to Dr BL Sherwal, medical director of the Delhi government-run hospital, until the virus is cultured or gene sequencing achieved, will probably be tough to find out whether or not it’s a totally different pressure of the virus that has contaminated the particular person the second time.

“There can be a relapse. The virus can be isolated from the body particularly from the sputum. We have the evidence that after ninth or tenth day the virus becomes non-infectious and the patients are not tested again,” he mentioned.

“However, the virus has been reported to be living in patients who have recovered around 39 to 40 days back,” he added.

Dr Chandragouda Dodagoudar, director of medical oncology at Aakash Healthcare in Dwarka, shared the case of a 65-year-old affected person who had stage 2 lymphoma. The affected person first visited the well being facility in March and was suggested chemotherapy however was very apprehensive as a result of coronavirus illness.

“The patient delayed the treatment for two and a half months and took alternative medicines and when that medication did not work and she started having pain, she visited the hospital. She had contracted COVID-19 by then and the lymphoma had progressed from Stage 2 to Stage 4. We could not administer chemotherapy while she was undergoing COVID treatment,” he mentioned.

The physician mentioned after the affected person recovered from coronavirus, she was administered a slight dose of chemotherapy and have become higher and was discharged. But after a month, she had a relapse of COVID and ended up in a essential situation and succumbed final month.

The senior physician mentioned the affected person didn’t have some other co-morbidities however known as most cancers a “co-morbidity”.

Sherwal mentioned sufferers with weak immunity are more likely to get re-infection. “It can be there in any of the patients, cancer patients, HIV patients, etc,” he mentioned.

He added that immunocompromised sufferers are at extra threat if they don’t take precautions like carrying of masks and washing arms regularly. PTI

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