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Korean CDC Says Coronavirus May ‘Reactivate’ In Cured Patients

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The Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that coronavirus could potentially “reactivate” in patients who have been deemed fully recovered.

Around 51 people in South Korea who were classed as being cured of the coronavirus have tested positive for the virus again, the Korean CDC announced Monday in a briefing, according to Bloomberg. Director-General of the Korean CDC Jeong Eun-kyeong says that the virus may have been reactivated in these patients, as opposed to the patients becoming infected again, since they tested positive soon after being released from quarantine.

Patients are deemed fully recovered after they test negative for coronavirus twice within a  24-hour interval, the publication reports.

“While we are putting more weight on reactivation as the possible cause, we are conducting a comprehensive study on this,” Jeong said, Bloomberg reports. “There have been many cases when a patient during treatment will test negative one day and positive another.”

The Korean CDC director-general noted that the Korean CDC will conduct an epidemiological probe into these cases.

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci also discussed the Korean CDC’s announcement at a Thursday briefing, warning that we must be “very careful” when discussing reinfection and adding that he needed to look at the data on the Korean cases of possible reinfection before he discussed it.

“If someone clearly is ill and they have virus isolated from them, you may have a prolonged course,” Fauci said. “I’d like to see how long they reactivate. I mean if they were sick and had documented virus and then three months later they had documented virus, is that reactivation or is that infection with another virus?”

“I’d like to see the data before really comment on that,” he added.

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  1. Well kinda, sorta, maybe it is possible that the SK doc’s, caught in the early stages of the Covid-19 spread just got it wrong 51 times out of 10,512 cases. That works out to about 0.485 of 1%.
    .
    However instead of reciting everyone a bunch of numbers.

    Google “CDC US 2018-2019 Flu season” This is latest fully documented US Fflu season.
    Write down the Infected, hospitalized, and death numbers.

    Now do the same for the Convid-19.

    If you research the CDC’s own FACTS, you’ll see the Covid-19 has an awful lot of catching up to do to match the Flu numbers. We are 1/2 there given the same length and time of infection.

    Do you remember any one screaming Shut it Down for the exponentially worse and more deadly 2018-2019 Flu season?

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