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Why are COVID patients showing ‘false negatives’, UAE doctors explain

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Doctors in the UAE are advising people to isolate themselves as soon as they start experiencing flu-like symptoms even if their initial PCR tests come out negative.

It’s after a marked increase in “false negative” reports, where patients test positive for COVID just days after turning negative.

The delay in identifying the virus has led to confusion among the public.

Dr. Sherif Fayed, Consultant Pulmonologist at Al Zahra Hospital in Dubai, explains why more people are getting “false negative” these days. 

Doctors insist that patients must continue to isolate at home as soon as symptoms kick in, and wait for 3-4 days before taking a PCR test. 

Dr. Mohamed Zaqout, Consultant Internal Medicine at Prime Hospital Dubai, also says patients must retest as long as symptoms persist as it will help protect the community.

 Dr. Syed Nadir, a specialist internist at Adam Vital Hospital in Dubai, admits it’s tough to differentiate between other viral infections and COVID-19 because the symptoms and incubation period are almost similar. 

He urges patients to test more, especially when their condition doesn’t improve.

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