The repeated COVID-19 episodes reported in a man from Thrissur is posing a diagnostic challenge for health officials.
Savio Joseph, 38, from Ponnukkara, who was working in Muscat, has contracted the infection thrice. Though he does not have documents to prove the first bout while in Muscat, the second and third episodes happened in Thrissur.
“I showed symptoms in Muscat during the end of February. I contracted an infection from a friend, who had travel history to China. He was given treatment for pneumonia. After three weeks, I too developed similar symptoms. I had fever, cough, throat and chest pain, and breathlessness. However, the hospital did not identify it as COVID-19,” says Savio.
Soon, the majority of workers in Savio’s company contracted the pandemic, five deaths were also reported.
Savio returned to Kerala on June 28. While in quarantine, he appeared for COVID-19…