What’s going on?
Researchers recently wrote in the journal Cell that there is one woman who had leukemia and spread the coronavirus for at least 70 days after she was infected.
- Interestingly, the woman, age 71, who had a low antibody count due to the leukemia, survived the virus for at least 70 days.
- She remained asymptomatic the entire time.
- The researchers “believe the patient remained infectious for so long because her compromised immune system never allowed her to mount a response,” according to a press release on the study.
Why it matters:
- “At the time we started this study, we really didn’t know much about the duration of virus shedding,” he said. “As this virus continues to spread, more people with a range of immunosuppressing disorders will become infected, and it’s important to understand how SARS-CoV-2 behaves in these populations.”