According to a Fox News report published today, a woman living in Osaka, Japan has been diagnosed with the coronavirus for a second time.
The woman, who is in her 40’s who and also drives a tour bus for a living, was originally confirmed to have the coronavirus in late January of this year.
On Wednesday February 26, 2020 the woman went to the doctor because she was experiencing chest pains and a sore throat, to find she again tested positive for the coronavirus.
Japan’s health ministry confirms that this is the first time that the virus has been diagnosed a 2nd time in an individual who was “cured” of the disease.
NYU Professor speaks out
Philip Tierno Jr., professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine, elaborates on the 2nd diagnosis of the coronavirus:
“Once you have the infection, it could remain dormant and with minimal symptoms, and then you can get an exacerbation if it finds its way into the lungs”Philip Tierno Jr., professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine
The novel coronavirus has been reported to spread while being asymptomatic. This can make the spreading of the virus harder to track.
I’m not certain that this is not bi-phasic, like anthrax”Philip Tierno Jr., professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine
2020 Olympics could be impacted
“The Olympics should be postponed if this continues … There are many people who don’t understand how easy it is to spread this infection from one person to another”Philip Tierno Jr., professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine
In order to contain the novel coronavirus, japan has implemented a new approach, even considering cancelling or postponing the 2020 Olympic games which are scheduled for later this year.
Torisho Muto, the chief executive of Tokyo 2020, said that Olympics executives are considering multiple options in case the coronavirus situation is not brought under control.
Earlier today, Japan’s Prime Minister Abe announced that there might be massive school closures to prevent spreading of the coronavirus while Japan races to get the situation under control.
The Japanese government is also considering different options for the March 11th ceremony to commemorate those who lost their lives in the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami which claimed the lives of 15,899 people with 2,529 listed as missing as of today.