Kaohsiung students had common cold, not COVID-19: CDC

CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang. (File photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (CNA) — A group of secondary school students in Kaohsiung who had symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, including respiratory discomfort, in fact had the common cold, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday after getting new test results.

CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) told CNA that tests conducted by the CDC’s Kunyang Lab, identified rhinoviruses, the most common cause of the common cold, as the main cause of the students’ infection.

The Kaohsiung City government and the CDC conducted the tests after 15 of the 30 students in the same class developed symptoms similar to COVID-19 infections, such as coughs and fevers, between June 9 and June 12.

The CDC on Saturday took samples of four of the 15 who had fallen ill and tested them for both COVID-19 and the flu, and the test results for all four came back negative for both diseases late Saturday and early Sunday.

It was only after the samples collected were tested by the Kunyang Lab in Taipei that the cause of their infections was identified.

The city said Sunday that all 15 students had gotten over their symptoms.