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Posted: Friday, September 4, 2020. 3:58 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health (MOH) is monitoring a situation in which, COVID-19 patients are still testing positive after two weeks which is the average time it takes for the virus to run its course.

Director of Health Services in the MOH, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, said that health authorities met this morning to discuss the issue, noting that a “good amount” of patients are testing positive on the PCR test on day 14.

“In Just San Pedro alone the doctor indicated to me yesterday that he has over 160 persons who have gone beyond day 14 and are still testing positive,” Manzanero said.

He noted that people testing positive beyond that point will not be spreading the virus despite testing positive. He also notes that data shows recovered patients can sometimes still experience symptoms, similarly to those who have recovered from hemorrhagic dengue but still show signs months after they had recovered.

“When people are able to go back to work even if your result has not come back as negative but you are not having any sign or symptoms, then that’s a note that we are making for the employer,” Manzanero added.

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