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Scientists Searching for Person Infected With Covid for Over 2 Years

Scientists Searching for Person Infected With Covid for Over 2 Years

CDC to stop tracking Covid levels in communities and adjusts vaccine requirements for international travelers.

Scientists are searching intensively to identify a person in Ohio who is believed to have been the longest covid-positive patient ever.

The patient is believed to be living in the Columbus area, and is believed to be carrying a highly mutated version of the virus “unlike anything” experts have seen so far. Dr Marc Johnson, a microbiologist at the University of Missouri, has warned the mutations of the strain would be enough to make it a “variant of concern” should it spread across the population, the Daily Mail reported.

Johnson’s team has been analyzing samples of COVID-19 from sewage across the United States to search for any new variants of COVID-19. It is the same type of technique used during the pandemic.

“We reverse analyze [wastewater] to see if anything in there that doesn’t match any lineages,” said Johnson. “Very early on there was this [sample] that was different than anything we had seen.”

Johnson does not know if the person is contagious, nor does he know how they have managed to stay positive for COVID-19 for such an extended period of time.

The researchers have identified an approximate area where the person of interest will likely have spent time.

Dr Johnson believes the strain is being shed by the same person who regularly commutes between Columbus and Washington Court House.

The scientist is unsure whether the person is contagious or how they have managed to stay infected so long.

Patients who harbor viruses for exceptionally long periods of time often have weakened immune systems, which means their body struggles to clear the virus. Many scientists believe the Alpha, Delta and Omicron variants all emerged this way.

Dr Johnson is, however, convinced the patient is healthy and may travel for work or school, but he could not rule out a chronically ill person who commutes for hospital care. His team cannot say for certain that it is just one patient, either.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rolling back some of its pandemic-related activities. The agency plans to stop tracking the spread of the virus in communities across the nation due to the end of the covid emergency orders.

Moving forward, the CDC is expected to rely more heavily on Covid-related hospitalizations, according to two people familiar with the plans — much like it does to track the spread of the flu.

The agency has been using a color-coded system since February 2022 to indicate high, medium or low transmission of Covid, county by county.

But as reported cases have steadily fallen and availability of rapid, at-home tests has risen, it has become difficult to get an accurate view of how much virus is circulating.

The CDC is expected to announce the new tracking system within the coming weeks. The news was first reported by CNN.

The CDC said the move away from tracking community level transmission is tied to the May 11 expiration of the national public health emergency.

However, even though the vaccines neither stop infection nor the transmission of covid, the agency still imposes vaccine requirements on international travelers.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still requiring international visitors boarding flights to the United States to be vaccinated against Covid-19, but it’s easing vaccine requirements for those travelers.

International travelers boarding flights to the United States will now be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after getting a single dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine any time after August 16, 2022, when bivalent formulations first became available. The updated travel guidance was posted on the agency’s website on Thursday.

The change aligns with the CDC’s recently simplified vaccine guidance for Americans; those who are unvaccinated are now considered fully vaccinated after a single dose of a bivalent vaccine, which protects against more strains of the virus than the original shot.


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UnCivilServant | May 1, 2023 at 11:15 am

If it’s still isolated to one patient after two years, it’s likely they’re not very contagious.

I, however, find it hard to believe they can tell that it is the same person for that entire span.

    The_Mew_Cat in reply to UnCivilServant. | May 1, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    I am skeptical that they can identity a sign of a single person in wastewater with genetic tests.

    More likely it is something they aren’t thinking of, like animal waste that is flushed into the sewers from a farm.

      Bitterlyclinging in reply to The_Mew_Cat. | May 1, 2023 at 12:52 pm

      The Department of Natural Resources here in this state is occupied with searching for traces of the WuFlu in the waste water here in this state too. Not just in OH. The Fed in all probability is picking up the tab. How is this one person still alive after two years? If one person, they obviously have little to no functional immune system left. How about a flood of illegals bringing the WuFlu with them, instead. When the WuFlu spiked here following the decline after the onset of widespread administration of the vaccine, the areas experiencing the spike in cases were located near the airports where the post midnight flights of illegals were being brought in.

        NotCoach in reply to Bitterlyclinging. | May 1, 2023 at 1:37 pm

        Ever hear of Typhoid Mary? She infected several people with typhoid fever over several years while remaining healthy. A person can be a carrier, and also infectious, without being sick.

      MosesZD in reply to The_Mew_Cat. | May 3, 2023 at 5:49 pm

      They could 100+ years ago! And now the tools are considerably better.

E Howard Hunt | May 1, 2023 at 11:22 am

Why not allow international travelers to inject heroin as any option? That also neither stops infection or transmission, as well as making outrageous profits for fellow drug dealers. In addition, its side effects are more well understood.

I frankly don’t believe anything these so-called CDC *experts* are telling us. The CDC lied to us about so, so much the past 3 years … all to our detriment … and they are still lying about many of those things. In wasn’t long ago they approved of adding MRNa Covid shots to the Childhood Shot List, when there is no discernible reason to do so. I also don’t trust them because they are mostly a bunch of woke democRATS who are in cahoots with pharmaceutical companies, the Chinese communists and the UNIPARTY.

    scooterjay in reply to BeAChooser. | May 1, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    More than likely “CDC searches for two years to find man in Ohio they can pin the blame on” by infecting a dupe with a superbug and “finding” him while the wholesale spreading of contagion is evident by the presence in sewage. Sounds like an episode of House, MD yet I do not put such actions beyond the dangerous people lurking.

henrybowman | May 1, 2023 at 3:49 pm

I’m comforted to know that if I am ever lost and my cellphone is broken, I can still be tracked by government sewage facilities.

BierceAmbrose | May 1, 2023 at 4:49 pm

If they’re gonna stop tracking the virus, are they gonna keep tracking people anyway?

hopp singg | May 2, 2023 at 1:21 pm

The feds appear to have subsequently backed down on the travel ban, likely response to a legal challenge.