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COVID-19: Can A Recovered Patient Be Reinfected?

Kingsley Eke

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached above 2,100,000 globally, as the pandemic continues it’s spread around the world. However, the latest figures also show that more than 500,000 people have recovered from the disease.

While the recovery rate is promising, does it mean that those who have been infected but recovered are not at risk or being reinfected? Medical experts, virologists, epidemiologists and some world health bodies have tried to answer the big question that Sars-cov-2 – the scientific name of COVID-19 – has presented.

To date, there have been more than 200,000 ( the US, recording over 53,000) deaths from coronavirus globally. However, most people infected with Covid-19 virus have mild disease and develop a protective antibody – but it isn’t clear how long the protection lasts. For the moment, it is also unclear whose antibodies are more potent in beating back the disease: someone who nearly died, or someone with only light symptoms or even no symptoms at all.

However, in certain individuals, the antibody cannot last that long, “For many patients who have been cured, there is a likelihood of relapse.” In children, it is currently believed that the virus causes the development of “at least short-term immunity”.

According to a research, The WHO added that tests for antibodies of the new coronavirus also “need further validation to determine their accuracy and reliability.”

That’s something we really need to better understand — what does that antibody response look like in terms of immunity.” in a separate warning by vilrogists and epidemiologists, those who have been infected and recovered should follow the hygiene steps outlined by CDC (Centre for Disease Control) which include staying away from people who are sick, frequently washing hands, and covering coughs and sneezes as there is no clear evidence yet if they can be Reinfected or not.

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