Viral loads of US patients declines as the time progresses, a study hints

As we are still on the verge of the pandemic, we have to cross a little milestone to overcome the existing reality. Several research works have been carried since the start of the pandemic. Recently, a new study suggested that the viral loads in COVID–19 patients have started reducing in the US over a while. This reduction in the viral load can result in less mortality and also slows down the patients admitted to the ICU ward.

The study

Researchers from Wayne State University has taken nasal swabs samples of people in Detroit from April 4 to June 5. They analyzed all positive samples in that period. They found that there was a decline in the viral loads of patients over time.

Initially, 25.5% of the patient’s sample had a high viral load, and 49% of them were showed intermediate. And a low viral load in the samples accounted for 25.5%. As time progresses, all the sample’s viral load significantly reduced.

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After five weeks of the study, around 70% of the positive samples showed an initial low viral load. Also, this reduction is positively correlated to the percentage of deaths. Most people who had a high viral load died when compared to intermediate and low viral load categories.

The reason behind the reduction in the initial viral load remains unclear. It might be linked to proper social distancing, wearing protective masks as they limit the exposure of the virus to the people. Moreover, this study results can be used as a marker in assessing the depth of the pandemic.

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Source: Fox News

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