SARS-CoV-2 turned positive in a discharged patient with COVID-19 arouses concern regarding the present standards for discharge

Int J Infect Dis. 2020 Aug;97:212-214. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2020.03.007. Epub 2020 Mar 19.


An outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China caused by SARS-CoV-2 has led to a serious epidemic in China and other countries, resulting in worldwide concern. With active efforts of prevention and control, more and more patients are being discharged. However, how to manage these patients normatively is still challenging. This paper reports an asymptomatic discharged patient with COVID-19 who retested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which arouses concern regarding the present discharge standards of COVID-19.

Keywords: COVID-19; Discharge standard; Turn positive.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus / genetics
  • Betacoronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • China
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics
  • Patient Discharge
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis*
  • SARS-CoV-2