Zubiri confirmed negative of virus

Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri

SENATE Majority Leader Migz Zubiri yesterday revealed that his confirmatory COVID-19 test result came out negative.

“I AM NEGATIVE. My confirmatory test with the Philippine Red Cross has come out and shows that I no longer have live RNA cells of (COVID-19),” he said.

“What the Infectious Disease Experts have told us is that the DOH (Department of Health) result yesterday possibly detected remnants of dead virus cells which is a common occurrence with recovered patients,” he added.

Zubiri decided to undergo confirmatory test after his RT-PCR swab test conducted by Department of Health last Sunday turned positive.

He explained that based on the statement from Infectious Disease Experts the DOH result possibly detected remnants of dead virus cells which is a common occurrence with recovered patients. 

"The PCR machines of the Philippine Red Cross are state of the art and can detect live RNA and differentiate it from the dead pieces of the cells," he said. 

He further added that studies from Europe, Asia and the US have shown that recovered patients with antibodies are no longer infectious and if COVID cells are discovered in their system they are most likely remnants of the dead virus cells which can no longer contaminate as found in extensive studies in South Korea. 

"Ibig sabihin nito ay hindi na po ito nakakahawa at ligtas po ang recovered patient habang meron pa po siyang antibodies," he stressed.

Meanwhile, Zubiri decided to continue his isolation.