DETROIT – Since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic many people have wondered if it’s possible to become reinfected with COVID-19 after recovering from the virus.
A new report shows reinfection is possible. The new incident makes it clear that the individual was infected again and not just experiencing effects from the previous infection.
Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge said that might not be as concerning as it sounds.
Scientists in Hong Kong are reporting the first documented case of a COVID-19 patient who was infected a second time. The report will be published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
The 33-year-old man was first diagnosed with COVID-19 in late March. About four and a half months later he was infected again and has been asymptomatic.
Researchers know this was a different second infection because they had done genetic sequencing of the SARS-COV-2 virus from the first infection and were able to compare it to the genetic sequence from the second infection and they were different.
Two additional, preliminary, unpublished reports have also been made public. A Belgian woman infected in March and then reinfected in May with a different strain and an older person in the Netherlands who also experienced a reinfection.