A COVID-19 patient in the United Kingdom – with a severely weakened immune system – battled the disease for 18 months – during which time he was infected with 10 mutations of the virus, including Omicron – before eventually dying, British publication Metro informed of. Metro said the patient died 505 days after the virus was first detected in 2020.
The patient could not be identified.
“It certainly seems to be the longest reported infection (at 505 days),” Dr Luke Blagdon Snell, an infectious disease specialist at the London-based Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, told the Associated Press.
Snell’s team plans to present several examples of persistent cases of COVID-19 at an infectious disease meeting in Portugal later this week.
Ap said his team examined the evolution of the mutations and whether people with super long transitions develop the variations. Nine patients – whose identities were not disclosed – were part of the study. Each tested positive for Covid-19 for at least eight weeks.
All of these patients had weakened immune systems due to diseases such as HIV or cancer, or had undergone organ transplants. Tests showed that the infection persisted for an average of 73 days.
Four of these nine patients died. Of the remaining five, two recovered from COVID-19 without any treatment while two others required treatment to fight the virus.
The ninth patient, however, is still infected and has been battling Covid-19 for 412 days.
Dr Snell told the Associated Press, “In a long-term Covid, it is usually assumed that the virus has been cleared from your body, but the symptoms persist,” with persistent infection, the ongoing, active replication of the virus. represents.
Dr Snell also pointed out that some people are more vulnerable to frequent infections and serious illness.
Although persistent infection is rare, experts have said that many people with compromised immune systems remain at risk of severe COVID-19 and those trying to stay safe after governments lift restrictions.