The Real Danger of Coronavirus Reinfection

The 25-year-old man from Washoe County, Nevada had classic symptoms of COVID-19 (sore throat, cough, headache…) when he got his first positive test on April 18, according to a Lancet Infectious Diseases article published yesterday. He recovered and had 2 negative tests in May. 

Later than month, however, he began suffering the same symptoms only worse. On June 5, he was admitted to the hospital and required supplemental oxygen. The next day he tested positive again.

He is the “first individual in North America to have symptomatic reinfection with SARS-CoV-2.”

The Takeaway: “Previous exposure to SARS-CoV-2 might not guarantee total immunity in all cases,” the authors write, adding darkly that the implications “could be relevant” for vaccine development.
In an accompanying Lancet commentary, Yale’s Akiko Iwasaki explains what reinfections mean in the fight against COVID-19. 

Another Key Takeaway:  At the moment, “one vaccine will be sufficient to confer protection against all circulating variants,” the scientist writes.

Repeat coronavirus infections have been documented in patients in Hong Kong, Belgium and Ecuador, the Los Angeles Times reports.

And Dutch researchers reported yesterday the first death of person reinfected with the coronavirus, BNO News reports.

The Miss-Quote: “Now they say I'm immune. I feel so powerful… . I'll kiss everyone in that audience. I'll kiss the guys and the beautiful woman and the — I'll just give you a big fat kiss,” President Trump said at yesterday’s rally in Sanford, Florida according to CBS News.

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