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COVID-19 relapse: a diagnostic predicament for clinicians
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  • Shramana Deb,
  • Gourav Shome,
  • Ritwick Mondal,
  • Durjoy Lahiri
Shramana Deb
S.N. Pradhan Centre for Neuroscience, University of Calcutta, India
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Gourav Shome
University of Calcutta, India
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Ritwick Mondal
Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Bangur Institute of Neurology
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Durjoy Lahiri
Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Bangur Institute of Neurology
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Abstract

Abstract- The ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 that began in Wuhan, China, has constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, with cases confirmed in more than 200 countries. Currently, infected individuals are the primary source of infection and multiple cases of relapse are also reported following the recovery. It is highly concerning about the nature of relapse which may be caused due to reactivation or reinfection. While the present testing scenario of using different molecular techniques has several loop holes that can report false results and hamper the process of effectively preventing the transmission of the virus. Various recommendations need modifications as to effectively stop the horizontal transmission of the virus and look deeply into the links with relapse cases to prevent a second wave during a pandemic.