Medical professional explains COVID-19 recovery criteria

A medical professional with Trusted ER Texoma explains what it means when a COVID-19 patient is considered recovered.
A medical professional with Trusted ER Texoma explains what it means when a COVID-19 patient is considered recovered.(kxii)
Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 6:45 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Hundreds of COVID-19 patients in Texoma have recovered so far, and that number is going up daily. News 12 spoke with a medical expert who breaks down the criteria for recovery.

Emergency room physician Dr. Harvey Castro said the CDC outlines two options to determine if someone has recovered from COVID-19.

The first one is symptom-based.

“Symptoms is pretty straight forward if, say God forbid I was in contact with someone and I know they had COVID-19 and I have COVID-19 symptoms shortness of breath, when I eat it tastes kind of weird, fever, and whatnot,” Castro said.

Castro said someone with COVID-19 who has symptoms has to wait at least ten days after symptoms first appeared, plus at least another three days straight without fever and other COVID-19 symptoms like cough and shortness of breath, before they can stop isolation.

“And when I say no fever I mean no Tylenol, Motrin, Aspirin, anything that may mask the fever,” Castro said.

The second way is through re-testing, to ensure the patient’s result comes back negative.

This also works for patients who test positive but do not have symptoms.

Those non-symptomatic positive patients can also be released based on time, at least ten days after their first positive diagnosis, as long as no symptoms develop.

Dr. Castro has offices in Texoma and the Metroplex, so he has seen hundreds of COVID-19 patients, and said for the most part, the 14-day incubation period is accurate for people without underlying health conditions.

“The older population, patients with cancer, those are the patients we are seeing get COVID pneumonia, getting shortness of breath, but they’re getting to the point where we have to intubate them,” Castro said.

Grayson County Officials said they follow the CDC guidelines, but it is up to individuals or entities, such as their employer, to request a re-test until it is negative.

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