COVID-19 recovery depends on immune system

Azlan Othman

A patient’s immune system plays a role in the COVID-19 recovery process, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said.

“It is a new virus and we don’t know how it behaves. Normally, the patient recovers within two weeks. Some patients may take more time to recover. Patience is needed in the recovery process,” he said at the press conference yesterday.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said this commenting on the situation of no recovered cases for four days.

Two more recovered cases were recorded in the country yesterday. “There are no complications related to the patient in a delayed healing process. The virus is still there. It is continuous and even though they have negative three times, we still consider it an active virus,” the minister said.

Asked on COVID-19, which experts found it mutated into three distinct strains (type A, B and C), but closely related variants, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Isham said the public should know that virus is still a virus. It is still contagious and kills people.

“It is crucial for us to curb the spread irrespective of their three mutations. The treatment is still the same whatever the strain is. The cause is still the same as it could lead to death. “We can debate about it because you don’t have the real denominator – meaning all are not swabbed. Some countries swab only patients whose conditions are worse,” the minister said.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said in Brunei the reference lab is conducting the sequencing. “Once it is done, we will know which strain. But it is not urgent. It is not a simple procedure.”