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UK patient dies after 505-day COVID-19 infection

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A British patient has died after the longest COVID infection on record – consistently testing positive for a staggering 505 days.

The unidentified patient, who had a weakened immune system, succumbed after suffering “continuous infection” which lasted nearly 17 months, according to Dr Luke Blagdon Snell, of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

The COVID throat swab tests “were positive every time – the patient never tested negative,” Snell told the BBC, according to The Times of London.

“And we can say that it was a continuous infection because the genetic signature of it, the information that we got from sequencing the viral genome, was unique and consistent in this patient,” said the doctor.

Snell told the BBC that “at 505 days it certainly seems to be the longest reported infection”.

However, he conceded that “there is no way to know for sure” because
“Not everyone gets tested, especially on a regular basis like in this case.”

Nine patients in the study had weakened immune systems, contributing to their fight against infection.
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Protesters who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 take part in a march from the National Covid Memorial Wall to Downing Street in London, March 2, 2019. 29, 2022.
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NHS ambulance staff assist a patient outside the Royal London Hospital in London, Britain on April 12, 2022.
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The now deceased patient was one of two people in a London study who had infections lasting more than a year, the UK Times said.

Another tested positive for 412 days – with researchers saying they are likely to break the 505-day record if they survive, according to the report.

The nine study participants all had weakened immune systems from organ transplantation, HIV, cancer or medical therapies. Their infections lasted an average of 72 days, according to the report, four of which did not survive.

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