Man Who Had COVID-19 For 400 Days Finally Cured After Antibody Treatment, Study Says

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  • A man carried COVID-19 for more than 400 days.

  • The man had mild symptoms, which initially made him ineligible for anti-COVID-19 treatments.

  • Doctors eventually cured him using anti-COVID-19 antibodies.

A man who had more than 400 days of nonstop COVID-19 was finally cured, according to a study reporting the case.

The man, 59, had a suppressed immune system from a recent kidney transplant. He first tested positive in December 2020 and carried the virus for at least 411 days, The Washington Post reported Nov. 4.

Genomic testing for the virus showed that the man had the same strain of COVID-19 since the beginning of his infection, rather than picking up new variants from others.

“Today everyone is infected with omicron, but when we looked at his virus, it was something that existed a long time ago,” said Luke Blagdon Snell, a doctor who studies the evolution of viruses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in the UK , told The Post.

“It was one of those older, early variants from the beginning of the pandemic,” he said.

The patient was paucisymptomatic, meaning he did not have the typical symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough, fever or loss of smell. Instead, he had other mild symptoms, Snell told Insider in an email.

Because his symptoms were mostly mild, he originally didn’t meet the criteria to access anti-COVID-19 treatments such as antivirals or antibodies, which were reserved for more severe cases.

But doctors finally managed to cure the patient by giving him anti-COVID-19 antibodies in February 2022. The case was reported Nov. 3 in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

While the patient’s case is typically long, it is not the longest reported infection for COVID-19.

In April 2022, the same team reported the case of a patient who had COVID-19 505 days before his death, which was the longest documented case at the time, Snell told Insider.

Patients with these types of long-term COVID-19 infections have usually contracted the virus at a time when their immune systems were weakened. These patients carry the virus continuously, unlike patients with long covid who have resolved the infection at an early stage but may have long-lasting symptoms of the disease.

Scientists have been looking at the patients because the virus can potentially mutate in their bodies during such a long infection.

In another case, reported in June 2021, the virus mutated more than 30 times in a patient whose immune system was weakened by HIV.

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