Doctor tests positive for COVID-19 again days after initial recovery

Dr. Karen Abat-Senen literally sang with joy the day she fully recovered from COVID-19 after a month of confinement at the Philippine General Hospital. Sadly, it was only a few days later that the doctor began experiencing more severe symptoms.

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Umuwi siya, excited siya kasi ‘yun nga babalik na siya sa mga anak niya tapos siguro two or three days, I think two days after nu’ng kaka-discharge pa lang niya, nakaranas ulit siya. Parang pneumonia-like symptoms that are severe,” Job Abat, her brother, said.

[She went home, she was so excited to return to her children then after two or three days, I think two days after she was discharged, she felt symptoms again. They were pneumonia-like symptoms that are severe.]

‘Kala nila, pneumonia lang, so dinala ulit siya. [They thought it was just pneumonia so they brought her back.] They did the whole thing and she turned up positive again,” he continued.

Dr. Abat-Senen had to be placed on a ventilator last Monday. It is still unclear why she was hit by the virus again after recovering. However, studies have shown that anti-bodies from being infected with COVID-19 can decrease or even disappear.

Dr. Abat-Senen’s family is now reaching out to the public for donations of O positive convalescent plasma from COVID-19 survivors to help with her recovery.

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