Chinese doctors uttering the whistle on the coronavirus reinfection say the illness could be even more destructive for patients who catch it again, according to a report.
The whistleblowing physicians operating to fight the virus in Wuhan, the epicenter of the pandemic, reported that medically cleared patients have been getting reinfected.
“It’s highly possible to get infected a second time,” one of the doctors, who refused to get identified, told the outlet.
The physician said that medication used to heal the virus could have adverse side effects on patients’ heart tissue, making them more sensitive to cardiac arrest.
“A few people recovered from the first time by their immune system, but the meds they use are damaging their heart tissue, and when they get it the second time, the antibody doesn’t help but makes it worse, and they die a sudden death from heart failure,” the doctor said about the Coronavirus reinfection.
The doctor summed that the virus has “outsmarted all of us,” since he says it’s able to hide symptoms for up to 24 days — which differs current guidance that the incubation period is two weeks.
What’s more, the infected patients often deliver false negatives before finally being diagnosed with the illness.
“It can fool the test kit — there were cases that they found, the CT scan shows both lungs are fully contaminated, but the test came back negative four times,” the whistleblower said. “The fifth test came back positive.”
The virus, officially known has COVID-19, has killed at least 3,261 people in mainland China and infected more than 81,054 others.