A man was reinfected with coronavirus after recovering…!

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A 33-year old man was found to have a second SARS-CoV-2 infection some four-and-a-half months after he was diagnosed with his first, from which he recovered. The man, who showed no symptoms, was diagnosed when he returned to Hong Kong after a trip to Spain.

There is no published peer-review report on this man – only a press release from the University of Hong Kong – although reports say the work will be published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The author, Megan Culler Freeman, asks and answers questions raised by the news reports.

One thought on “A man was reinfected with coronavirus after recovering…!

  1. Doc says:

    “Two More People Were Reinfected With Coronavirus After Recovering From First Case, Virologists Say” (Forbes Aug 25, 2020, 01:13pm EDT)
    Re: first case of reinfection: “…researchers at the University of Hong Kong sequenced the virus from the patient’s two infections and found that they did not match, indicating the second infection was not tied to the first. There was a difference of 24 nucleotides — the “letters” that make up the virus’ RNA — between the two infections.” (STAT 8/24/20) https://www.statnews.com/2020/08/24/first-covid-19-reinfection-documented-in-hong-kong-researchers-say/
    Also: “There have been anecdotal reports of people being reinfected,” says Charlotte Houldcroft at the University of Cambridge, who wasn’t involved in the work. “But this is the first time that there’s good immunological data on the individual.”
    Researchers don’t yet know how common reinfection might be – if immunity lasts for months, we would only expect to see reinfection cases some time after the start of the pandemic. It is also unclear whether the man or any people who become reinfected are infectious to others. “If people can be infected again, but they have no symptoms and they don’t infect anyone else, that doesn’t really matter,” says Houldcroft. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2252740-first-case-of-coronavirus-reinfection-leaves-big-questions-unanswered/#
    Meanwhile: “An increasingly common mutation of the novel coronavirus found in Europe, North America and parts of Asia may be more infectious but appears less deadly, according to a prominent infectious diseases doctor.” https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-mutation/more-infectious-coronavirus-mutation-may-be-a-good-thing-says-disease-expert-idUKKCN25E095

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