Washington, September 3
It appears doable, although how typically it occurs isn’t recognized.
Researchers in Hong Kong just lately reported proof of an individual who acquired the coronavirus a second time, months after an preliminary an infection.
The discovering has not but been printed in a journal. But scientists stated the 33-year-old man had delicate signs the primary time and none the second time, suggesting his immune system might have offered some safety towards critical sickness even when it couldn’t stop a reinfection.
His newer an infection was detected via screening and testing on the Hong Kong airport, and researchers stated genetic checks revealed totally different strains of the virus.
Several different doable instances have been reported, together with a U.S. man who was sicker the second time than the primary.
Even if individuals can get reinfected, the World Health Organization says it possible wouldn’t occur recurrently.
Health specialists typically imagine individuals who had COVID-19 may have some immunity towards a repeat an infection. But they don’t understand how a lot safety, or how lengthy it could final.
This is essential as a result of if immunity wears off, it might pose a problem for vaccines. Some specialists say booster photographs could also be wanted.
It’s additionally unclear whether or not reinfected individuals would be capable of unfold the virus to others. That’s another excuse scientists say individuals ought to proceed to put on masks, social distance and observe good hygiene. — AP