The recent medical reports of a 38-year-old Keralite came as a shock to the medical experts while the man tested positive for the third time in a span of six months. Tensions ran high in Thrissur district of Kerala, as the RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction test) reports of Savio Joseph turned positive raising new concerns over genome sequencing.
With which, the medical experts are now digging into the question of whether this is a case of reinfection or merely viral shedding. Into details, Savio a supervisor in a cleaning solutions company in Muscat caught the virus before it attained its current pandemic proportions in March. He then quit his job and returned back to India after recovery.
However, he hit back hospital after he complained about fever, breathing difficulty and chest in July while his tests turned positive for the second time and were discharged on August 11. “Doctor at the District Hospital in Thrissur that it could be fibrosis that may develop in COVID-19 survivors.
Though he recovered, Savio’s breathing difficulties persisting, he went in for an RT-PCR test less than a month later, which once again came back positive. We can’t say whether it was reinfection or viral shedding as it’s a new virus and its behaviour is yet to be thoroughly studied. Maybe it is reinfection, or it is the dormant virus [particles] which was in his body,” said Thrissur District Medical Officer.
For the medical fraternity in the state, Savio’s case is indeed rare as his results keep turning positive, but doctors have ruled against reinfection. The medical experts in the state are now working closely with COVID-19 patients told TNM that whether Savio’s case was one of reinfection or viral shedding can be found out only by genomic sequencing.