Today I've read two articles of news where people who have tested positive for COVID19 are considered not to be contagious as the virus is 'shedding' although still in the body.
This is all quite new to me and I'm wondering if some of you more knowledgeable bods on here can explain to me how on earth we can really know when the cases are going down if positive test results keep occurring on people who had the virus months before.
' ....Philippines and another a man, in his 40s, who had travelled from the United States, Dr Young said.
She said the Cairns case was a man in his 40s who went through hotel quarantine and tested negative after returning to Australia from the Congo in September.
He however returned a positive result recently when tested as a condition of returning to work.
"He's totally well, asymptomatic, so we think that is most likely a persistent shedding," Dr Young said.
"We know you can shed for up to nine months when you're positive.'
'He then explained his first positive test was in November and he was now “totally recovered”. “I was sick in November, totally healthy now. There’s not a single documented case where I would be contagious at this point.”
The Australian Open suggested Victorian health authorities had given Sandgren the all-clear to fly.
The tournament’s official Twitter account said people who had recovered and were “non-infectious can continue to shed the virus for several months”.
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