Cases and etiologies of suspected COVID-19 reactivation

Abdullah Ghali, Juan Simon Rico-Mesa, Mouhamed Nashawi, Jose Cadena

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Our article outlines a perspective on COVID-19 reactivation with considerations of implored commentary on behalf of the medical community regarding open discourse about this subject. Such a topic is paramount in elucidating parameters that pertain to testing, and subsequent public health population dynamics once uneventful cases pass. We argue that what some may refer to as a reinfection or reactivation of the virus, is actually a result of prolonged shedding of the virus complemented with occasional false positives/negatives and lab errors. This article was written with the perspective of informing in addition to engage discussions that distill salient, evidence-based characterization of COVID-19. We hope to recruit fellow academics in medicine who see trends in their own respective communities about people who retest, and to explore their clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA5
JournalQatar Medical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Reactivation
  • SARS-CoV2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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