A Canadian nurse who contracted the new coronavirus months ago said she tested positive eight times in the past 50 days.
On March 30, Tracy Schofield of Cambridge, Ontario started experiencing symptoms such as chills, fever, and shortness of breath.
The next day, she took her first test for COVID-19, the virus-caused disease, and the result was positive, reported CTV News.
49-year-old Schofield spent the traditional two weeks self-insulating, but her second test came back positive. Since then, six others have produced the same result.
Doctors have told the mother of three children that they no longer believe she is contagious, but cannot explain why she continues to test positive.
Tracy Schofield, 49 (left and right), from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, tested positive for coronavirus on March 31. She spent two weeks self-insulating in her room at home, but her second test at the end of her isolation period came back positive
Two negative tests should be performed 24 hours apart to be considered recovered. Schofield’s eighth overall test from Cambridge Memorial Hospital (pictured) came back negative, but her ninth test was positive
“Whenever I get the test result, it’s like someone punches me in the stomach,” Schofield told CTV News.
“I just want someone to tell me something. Give me an answer. Will I have it forever? ‘
Two weeks after her first positive test, Schofield says she isolated herself in her room near her house, where she lives with her 17-year-old son, Ethan.
During that time, her temperature reached 104.1F and would not drop with Tylenol. She says she has also lost her sense of smell and taste.
“I couldn’t smell Vick’s VapoRub, I couldn’t taste salt and vinegar chips,” Schofield told CTV News.
Now, almost two months later, most of her symptoms have gone, except for a cough and a little trouble breathing.
However, her Cambridge Memorial Hospital tests have returned positively.
Schofield says she was excited after her eighth general test was negative.
But patients must have two negative results within a 24-hour period to be considered recovered. Her ninth test came back positive.
And while the Region of Waterloo Public Health authorities have allowed her to leave her home on April 14, she says she won’t consider herself recovered until she gets her two consecutive negative test results.
Schofield says she has no pre-existing conditions, but she fears she will develop long-term complications from the virus.
Schofield was allowed to return to work as a registered practice nurse, but is afraid of infecting others.
She now waits five days before she can take her tenth general test.
Health experts say she probably just has dead virus cells in her body, CTV News reports.
The news follows that patients who test positive for the new coronavirus after recovery are not contagious.
Researchers at the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) looked at 285 survivors who tested positive after previous tests said they were negative.
None of the 790 people that patients came into contact with were found to be infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
In the US, there are more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of the virus and more than 93,000 deaths.