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A 49-year-old female asked:

Daughter had shortness of breath. (-) pcr and rapid tests. ekg, blood clotting test, cbc, wbc, chest x-ray all negative. could she still have covid because certain strains not picked up on test? would sob get worse? would other symptoms appear?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 56 years experience
Even "PCR testing" done at certain times will be "negative". Respiratory effects of COVID-19 are sometimes persistent, with so-called "long term" consequences of chronic shortness or breath on exertion. These COVID symptoms are at this point poorly understood, and duration is unpredictable. Recent studies show reinfection is possible although rare in the short run. Vaccine effect: unknown.
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Predicting future events with incomplete clinical data is always hazardous. A reasonable approach would be to review the history, physical findings and the lab data.
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