Some coronavirus victims are testing positive for the virus long after their initial symptoms and sickness, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says it’s highly unlikely that these people are still contagious.
“That is unlikely,” Fauci told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview Friday.
Fauci said it’s doubtful that a person who had Covid-19 is contagious past the 10-day isolation period.
“What we’re seeing a lot of evidence for is that if you are weeks out and you have no more symptoms, that the positivity that you’re detecting are fragments of the virus,” he said.
These are non-replication competent. “Which means they’re particles of the virus, but they can’t infect you and they can’t make you sick,” he said.
“There are now a number of instances of people who are weeks away from their symptomatology and yet they still test positive,” he said. “We’re starting to learn that’s something you really don’t have to worry about.”
Source : CNN