UK man tested positive for virus for 10 months

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A 72-year-old British man tested positive for coronavirus for 10 months in what is thought to be the longest recorded case of continuous infection, researchers have said.

Dave Smith, a retired driving instructor from Bristol in western England, said he tested positive 43 times, was hospitalised seven times and had made plans for his funeral.

Ed Moran, a consultant in infectious diseases at the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust, said Smith “had active virus in his body” throughout.

Smith recovered after treatment with a cocktail of synthetic antibodies developed by the US biotech firm Regeneron, according to AFP.

 

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