A new study in Singapore’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases and the Academy of medicine states that patients affected with COVID-19 aren’t infectious after 11 days. This revolutionary finding might change the discharging policies of the diseases around the globe. Even though the patients will still be positive, the viral sample from the patients did not show any viable growth in cultures or cannot be isolated, Bloomberg reports.
The study included 73 patients in the city-state of the country. Researchers say that a positive test doesn’t mean the virus can be infectious or viable. This is not the first time such a scenario is encountered. We already saw a bunch of Korean patients did also have the same scenario when tested positive, and they weren’t infectious at all, with the research questioning the viability of the virus in the disease period. We can see that this can change discharge policy not only within Singapore but other countries too.
As of now, patients are discharged only when tested negative against the virus and not based on their ability to spread the infection. But further studies in a larger population will provide clear clarification over this. If sufficient evidence is found, this finding could be the key to tackling the pandemic.
Singapore is also trying to tackle the pandemic in an effective way. More than 45 percent of its affected patients have been discharged. The country is actively screening pre-school staff for the disease as the country plans to open its schools on June 2. Further, more scientific evidence will definitely change the situation on discharge policy around the globe.
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