Stories have surfaced in China that one in seven patients who has recovered is still infectious.
But the NCID said the situation in Singapore is very different
Prof Leo Yee Sin, executive director of NCID, said doctors monitor virus-shedding in patients’ respiratory tract – in other words, they check if the patient is still releasing live virus and thus remains contagious.
This is done by taking nasal or throat swabs. Virus-shedding stops if the patient no longer has the virus in him.
“Patients are only discharged when they have clinically recovered and molecular testing indicates they have stopped shedding the virus,” she said. — The Straits Times/ANN