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A Covid patient is finally cleared of the virus after 411 days of testing positive

A Covid patient is finally cleared of the virus after 411 days of testing positive

A CORONAVIRUS patient who was positive for 411 days finally got rid of the virus.

Doctors have welcomed the cocktail of drugs used to treat the 59-year-old man.

In this latest case, the man first tested positive in December 2020

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In this latest case, the man first tested positive in December 2020Credit: Reuters

Journal writing Clinical infectious diseasesdoctors in the UK said the patient was struggling to get rid of an early variant of the bug.

The patient had a weakened immune system after kidney transplantation.

Doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Londonand King’s College London said this man is believed to be one of the longest-living patients with persistent Covid infection.

A previous patient treated by the same team tested positive for Covid for 505 days but died afterwards.

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And back in February, another man described how he was subsequently held in isolation for 14 months positive test for the virus 78 days in a row.

In this latest case, the man first tested positive in December 2020.

While his symptoms resolved, he continued to test intermittently positive until January 2020.

To help treat the patient, medics analyzed the genetics of the virus strain he was carrying and discovered the man’s infection.

He was then given a cocktail of neutralizing antibodies (Regeneron) known to be effective against early variants of the coronavirus, which finally allowed his body to rid itself of Covid.

It is very likely that the patient had the original Alpha strain of the virus.

The variant currently on the market in the UK, Omicron, is milder than its predecessors and many people now have the vaccine which also helps protect against severe disease.

But because of the changing nature of the virus, experts said these antibody treatments are now largely ineffective.

Dr Luke Snell, from Guy’s & St Thomas’, said: “Some new variants of the virus are resistant to all the antibody treatments available in the UK and Europe.

“Some people with weakened immune systems are still at risk of severe disease and persistent infection. We are still working to understand the best way to protect and treat them.”

The ineffectiveness of such drugs has previously been cited as a reason why thousands of vulnerable Britons have been unable to get hold of them the ‘lifesaving’ drug Evushold.

Evushold will provide some protection against the virus to the vulnerable.

It is manufactured by AstraZeneca and was approved by the drug regulator in March.

Since then, it has also become available in 30 other countries.

Despite widespread use, the British government has said it will not buy more doses until it has more data.

This is due to concerns about how well it will perform against the Omicron variant currently circulating in the UK.

The Ministry of Health previously said it was urgently considering launching a clinical trial of the drug.





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