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Tags: covid19 | immunocompromised | mutate

Cancer Patient Suffers COVID-19 Infection for Over 450 Days

Long COVID
Long COVID. (Dreamstime)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 July 2022 05:13 PM EDT

An unnamed Connecticut resident has been saddled with the COVID-19 virus for over 450 days.

The Daily Mail reports Yale researchers have pinpointed a lymphoma patient in their 60s who has been infected with a version of COVID-19 originally believed to be extinct. Upon further inspection researchers discovered that the patient had three different sub-lineages of the virus circulating in their bloodstream — indicating they are a vector for mutation.

The researchers' discovery has led health experts to conclude that the virus is mutating on immunocompromised populations before spreading to others. A preprint of their research has been made available on MedRxiv.

"Here," researchers write, "we investigate intrahost evolution and genetic diversity of lineage B.1.517 during a SARS-CoV-2 chronic infection lasting for 471 days (and still ongoing) with consistently recovered infectious virus and high viral loads."

The researchers also note that the virus had been mutating at a rapid rate which is unusual for typical infection.

"This chronic infection," they continue, "resulted in accelerated SARS-CoV-2 evolution and divergence, a mechanism potentially contributing to the emergence of genetically diverse SARS-CoV-2 variants, including Omicron, Delta, and Alpha."

The novelty of the situation differs from what is termed as "long-COVID," when a person feels symptoms of the virus after the infection has passed, because this patient continues to test positive for an active case of the virus at protracted length.

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An unnamed Connecticut resident has been saddled with the COVID-19 virus for over 450 days.
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Tuesday, 05 July 2022 05:13 PM
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