If COVID-19 reinfection is possible, this could alter the overall strategy on how to approach solving this pandemic.
Researchers in Hong Kong believe that they’ve uncovered the first instances of COVID-19 reinfection.
“Our study proves that immunity for COVID infection is not lifelong, in fact, reinfection can occur quite quickly,” said Kelvin Kai-Wang To, a microbiologist hailing from Hong Kong University’s Faculty of Medicine. Kelvin also happens to be the author of a forthcoming study that further illustrates the findings.
Until then, he suggested that “COVID-19 patients should not assume after they recover that they won’t get infected again.” The microbiologist also advised that those who have shaken themselves free of the virus should continue to practice social distancing, wear masks, and continue washing their hands ritualistically.
Allegedly, a 33-year-old resident of Hong Kong passed through mandatory screening earlier this month. The PCR swab test returned a positive test.
The microbiologist advised that those who have shaken themselves free the virus should continue to practice social distancing, wear masks, and continue washing their hands ritualistically.
With that being said, experts dithered on how much of our minds we should lose in the wake of the findings.
“This is a worrying finding for two reasons,” David Strain, a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, said. “It suggests that previous infections are not protective. It also raises the possibility that vaccinations may not provide the hope that we have been waiting for … we will need to revert to a strategy of viral near-elimination in order to return to a normal life,” he added.
“It is to be expected that the virus will naturally mutate over time,” microbiologist Brendan Wren of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said. “This is a very rare example of reinfection and it should not negate the global drive to develop COVID-19 vaccines.”