A 72-year-old British man has tested positive for the coronavirus for up to 10 months, with the longest recorded as accidental, persistent infection, researchers said on Thursday.
Dave Smith, a former driving instructor from Bristol in the west of England, has said he has tested positive for 43 times, and was admitted to the hospital seven times, and going to his funeral.
“I’m at peace with myself, to have my family together, it was to be at peace with everyone, good-bye,” he said in an interview with the BBC.
His wife, Linda, who has been in quarantine with him in the house, ” she said, “There were a lot of instances where we didn’t think he was going to survive. It’s been a hell of a year.”
Ed Moran is a consultant in the Division of Infectious diseases at the University of Bristol and North Bristol Bay NHS Trust, said Smith, “to be an active virus in his body.”
“We are in a position to have to prove it by sending a sample of the virus to partners who were in a position to increase the volume, from which it appears that it is not only for the different products, which will be launched in the PCR test, but, in fact, it is an active, viable virus.”
Smith was fully recovered from the operation, with a mix of synthetic antibodies made by U.s. biotech firm Regeneron.
In his case, it was to be allowed out of compassion, but the treatment regimen is clinically approved for use in the united kingdom.
The results of a clinical study, published this month showed that the treatment reduced mortality rate of Covid patients who are not able to build up a strong immune response.
“It’s like they gave their lives,” Smith told the BBC.
He and his wife opened a bottle of champagne, he was finally tested negative, and 45 days after the drug was administered intravenously, and the 305-days after the initial infection.
Smith’s treatment was not part of the official medical tests, but the case is now being investigated by the virologist Andrew Davidson at the University of Bristol.
In a report on its business that will be presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, in July, stating that it is “the longest-infection was recorded in the literature”.
“Where did the virus is hidden in the body? How can it be just to be difficult for Davidson people all the time? We don’t know, ” Davidson said.
He had a history of pulmonary disease and was recently recovered from leukemia when he was caught with the virus on March of 2020.
He spoke to The Guardian, the daily that he was still out of breath because of his recovery, but it also travels around the united kingdom, and teach his granddaughter to ride.
“I was on the floor, and I’m fine with that,” he said.