Sometimes, recovering from the pandemic doesn’t make you free from it.
On April 25, 2020, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that two (2) patients who were believed to have recovered from CoVID-19 tested positive for the virus again.
DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a virtual press briefing that these 2 patients who have been discharged from Southern Philippines Medical Center tested positive again after being home-quarantined for 2 weeks.
“Patuloy po ang pagaaral ng DOH at ng ating mga eksperto tungkol sa posibilidad ng reinfection o reactivation ng COVID-19,” Vergeire said.
“Wala pa pong sapat na ebidensiya upang magbigay ng pahayag dito sa ngayon,” she added.
Vergeire cited that even if you have recovered from the virus, it is possible for someone to still test positive if the test picks on the remnants of the virus, though this doesn’t mean that these recovered patients were re-infected.
However, the World Health Organization has clarified that “there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.”
As of April 27, 2020 at 5PM: the Department of Health reported a total of 7,777 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 932 recoveries and 511 deaths. In Cebu, there are 522 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 24 recoveries and 9 deaths.