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A man who killed himself believing he had tested positive for Coronavirus had actually tested negative, according to reports.
In a sobering story emerging from Mexico, 29-year-old Mario Alberto was awaiting the results of a second swab when he took his own life in a hospital bathroom.
The young man was admitted to the healthcare facility in Monclova having had rapid test result come back positive.
Doctors noted the positive result and, as he had some symptoms, ordered a second test to confirm his diagnosis.
Whilst being treated in a special area for coronavirus, Mario was left unattended for 20 minutes in a toilet.
A nurse who went to check on him found him hanged with a bed sheet, Mexico News Daily said.
Leopoldo Santillán, a Coahuila social security administrator, said there were no plans to sanction any workers.
He said: “It was an unexpected incident. We cannot take measures against staff because this wasn’t a case of homicide; it was a chance occurrence.”
Santillán said it is hospital policy to confirm a rapid test with the PCR test saying: “That is the real confirmation, and his [PCR test] was negative.”
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The World Health Organisation considers PCR tests to be more accurate in scanning for the presence of Coronavirus.
Hospital protocols offer Covid-19 patients a follow-up psychological appointment after being discharged, Santillan added.
“We can’t predict if someone is already coming to us with anxiety. That is something that is attended to at the general practitioner level,” the administrator said.
Mexico’s Coronavirus handling ha been mixed. Hospitals are nearing capacity across the Central American country, with the second highest number of infections being registered this week.
There have been an accumulated total of 1.4 million cases in Mexico, with 124,897 deaths.
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