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An Honest Mistake or Negligence? CDC Discharges a Coronavirus Patient from the hospital in San Diego

Since the coronavirus is raging in China, all major countries have drawn their citizens for saving them from the potential health epidemic. Last Friday Kalitta Air jet brought American citizens from China to the USA (Marine Corps Air Station Miramar) and put them into quarantine as prescribed by World Health Organization.  However, the situation changed when an evacuee who was coronavirus positive was given discharge permission from San Diego hospital.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that this person was initially diagnosed cleared from the deadly virus and it is merely a mistake. However, the public response to this supposed negligence was outrageous. For that, UC San Diego Health published a brief statement admitting this mishap at its isolation units where these quarantine patients were kept.

The UC San Diego statement clearly states that;

“This morning, CDC officials advised … that further testing revealed that one of the four patients tested positive”

It also says that;

“The confirmed positive patient was returned to UC San Diego Health for observation and isolation until cleared by the CDC for release.”

They also said that there is another patient who might be coronavirus positive and is currently hospitalized to evaluate the symptoms. This makes the total number of people in Miramar quarantine eight. Two of them are reported to be “doing well” and only showing minor symptoms.

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The report doesn’t mention that how was this evacuee discharged from the university hospital considering none of the UC San Diego’s two designated medical centers were involved in it. Also, there is no information on how much time did the evacuee spend inside quarantine once he was cleared from coronavirus, as his reports came negative.

Neither CDC nor the university and county health officials have shared anything on it in detail.

Currently, 232 US citizens and their families are under observation at the quarantine units, as mandated by the US government. It’s been one week that they are residing in two cordoned-off buildings, one of which is a small hotel and the other is a single-room residence for officers.

Coronavirus has taken more than 1000 lives to this day and has infected more than 40,000 people in 25 countries of the world. For that WHO chief has termed it “grave threat” which is getting worse than the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak. This coronavirus emerged from the local seafood market at Wuhan but it has now become a public health threat for all major countries of the world.

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Yesterday, the World Health Organization has sent its team in China to evaluate the situation and formulate a control plan for the coronavirus outbreak. There are no treatment drugs and vaccines available for coronavirus right now. However, major pharma companies in collaboration with research institutes are working to find a way to treat it. World Health Organization believes the treatment of coronavirus is not very far away.

Till then, it advises all people in affected areas to take care of their personal hygiene especially hand hygiene, use masks in public and avoid interacting with anyone who shows the symptoms.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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