The case was studied; the researchers point out that people with weakened immune systems are able to release the virus for a long time
With cancer, the asymptomatic patient disseminated covid-19 for 70 days
a article has not published any medical journals Cell published on Wednesday (3) reports the case of a leukemic patient who contracted covid-19, developed no symptoms, but remained spreading the new coronavirus for 70 days.
The case was reported by doctors from the National Institute of Health (NIH), a government research agency in the United States. They point out that people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are able to release Sars-CoV-2 for an extended period.
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The researchers isolated and screened the virus that infected the woman using RT-PCR tests. The 71-year-old woman was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the most common type of leukemia in the Western world, according to the Merck Manual, 10 years ago and, after contracting covid-19, she remained asymptomatic. She tested positive for covid-19 in March 2020.
The article points out that this is a unique case, but highlights it as “the longest case of a person actively infected with Sars-CoV-2 while remaining asymptomatic”.