Tuesday 26 May, 2020

CMO: Most recovered COVID-19 patients had no lingering symptoms

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram

Most of the 107 recovered COVID-19 patients had no lingering symptoms, except for one person who had a slight cough.

Speaking at the daily media briefing on Wednesday, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram said the patients were monitored for a period of seven days after they were discharged.

"Out of the total now of patients that was discharged (107), there was one person who developed some symptomology thereafter, which was a slight cough a couple weeks after being discharged. (That person) was checked, made sure everything was okay and she was discharged back home as well," he said.

Ministry of Health on high alert

The CMO added the Ministry of Health is on high alert for any unusual presentation of illnesses, which may be linked to COVID-19.

Research has suggested that some healthy young and middle-aged adults that have tested positive for the virus are suffering strokes without presenting with any other symptoms.

"We have been on the lookout for those unusual presentations. In the health system, we have actually tested some of the people that have presented with strokes, some that may have presented with myocardial infarctions, as well as some children that would have presented with some sort of thrombotic phenomenon. So far, we remain negative. But we remain on the high alert for unusual presentation of diseases," he said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh reminded that the Ministry took a decision to start a retrospective study of all cases of COVID in Trinidad and Tobago.

"It was announced that we would be doing a total review of the 108 cases who are still with us today to do exactly this, find out now how their symptoms are progressing."

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