Researchers claim first case of COVID-19 reinfection. What does it tell us about the virus?
The Hong Kong man was infected twice by different versions of COVID-19 months apart.
Researchers in Hong Kong have reported that a 33-year-old man has been reinfected with the coronavirus.
According to Scientists, the infection’s genetic sequencing revealed that the Hong Kong man was infected twice by different versions of COVID-19 , months apart.
The study revealed that the 33-year-old man is in good health. When he was first contaminated, he suffered from fever, cough, sore throat, and a headache for three days. He had a test that verified Covid-19. After that, he was hospitalized on the 29th of March.
He was discharged on the 14th of April after two tests that were negative for the virus.
After four months, when the patient was returning to Hong Kong from Spain via the UK, he tested positive during entry screening at the Hong Kong airport on the 15th of August. He was hospitalized again but had no symptoms at all.
However, experts warned against jumping to conclusions based on a single case, but they acknowledged that the discovery was a concern.
Suppose the study, published by the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, is correct. In that case, it could mean that vaccines against the coronavirus do not give permanent protection. This means people will not be able to rely on being immune to the virus after recovering from it.
A Professor at the University of Exeter, Dr. David Strain, said, “This is a worrying issue for many reasons. The first, as it is revealed in this document that the previous infection is not protective. The second is that it increases the possibility that vaccinations may not provide us the hope that we have been waiting for.
Strain added, “Vaccinations work by simulating virus to the body, thereby enabling the body to produce antibodies. If antibodies don’t provide permanent protection, we will need to return to a viral near-elimination strategy to return to a more normal life.”
An associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, Dr. Simon Clarke, stated, “The important thing here is that being reinfected with a mutated strain shows that it is more likely to be a reinfection. It is not the same infection that has hovered around because the virus has not actually been taken rid of, as some people have suggested happens.”
“The discovery of a mutant strain is absolutely nothing to be shocked about. It would actually be more interesting to know if no mutations were cropping up.”
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