Testing Positive for Covid Even After 15 Days of Infection? Doctors Warn Against Self-Medication

Testing optimistic even after two weeks of medicine and isolation has led to widespread panic amongst individuals with many resorting to self-medication out of concern.

Speaking to TOI, Srikanth who has not examined optimistic even after a month mentioned that even after isolating and finishing the course of medicine for 15 days when he was retested Covid optimistic, he began taking his Covid medicines once more solely to be suggested by his physician to discontinue the additional medicine instantly.

In yet one more case, a affected person had examined optimistic in 5 RT-PCR checks over a span of two months.

Deliberating on the problems, Dr. Rahul Agarwal, advisor for inside medication at Medicover Hospital mentioned that folks needn’t panic upon being examined optimistic even after 15 days as the rationale for this could be residual RNA within the nasal mucosa or the consequence could be false optimistic.

He added that in any such state of affairs, medicine will not be required as infectivity of the virus reduces past 15 days and is very unlikely. Moreover, he mentioned that sufferers taking antibiotics and steroids on their very own have additionally been discovered to develop digestive issues.

Most significantly, the physician mentioned that retesting results in a waste of assets particularly in a rustic that’s scrambling to acquire Covid take a look at kits.

Consultants famous that in regular circumstances, it’s seemingly {that a} affected person will take a look at unfavorable after 15 to 17 days however even when she or he doesn’t, it mustn’t result in a panic scenario.

Dr. Harikishan Boorugu, advisor doctor at Yashoda Hospital famous that he has been observing individuals coming to retests regardless of being suggested to not. This he mentioned may very well be out of sheer panic or the concern to unfold it to different relations.

“Nevertheless, after 15 to 17 days of an infection, the individual will not be infectious (can not cross it on) and doesn’t want any medicine in any respect,” the physician emphasised.

As per nationwide tips individuals with gentle Covid signs who didn’t want hospitalizatim are suggested to bypass restesting after 15-17 days after signs clear to be able to show they’re now not contagious.

India reported 3.62 lakh circumstances of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. Maharashtra’s depend remained beneath 50,000 for the fourth consecutive day, whereas Kerala and Tamil Nadu recorded new highs of over 43,000 and 30,000 circumstances, respectively. In the meantime, Haryana on Thursday joined an inventory of states which have floated international tenders to acquire Covid vaccines.

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