Scientists at the University of Hong Kong made a new discovery, and we might not like it. They had found the first evidence of a reinfection with the deadly coronavirus. This is happening four and a half months after the patient was first infected. The patient is a 33-year-old man, and doctors believe that he got it again after a trip to Spain.
As the University of Hong Kong investigators said in a statement, the patient deemed “apparently young and healthy” after his first infection with COVID-19 last March, more than four months ago.
Microbiologist Dr. Kelvin Kai-Wang To is the one to study this case. According to the microbiologist, the second infection of the patient had a different strain of the coronavirus. This means that it was not the one he’d previously been infected with back in March. This one was closely matched to a COVID-19 strain common in Europe during the last two months. And, at last, Dr. Kelvin said that their results prove that his infection is caused by a new virus that he acquired recently. So it is not the one we’ve been dealing with up until now.
Declaring their view about the first reinfection, the World Health Organization warns the world that it is important not to jump to conclusions based on the case of this patient. The organization also stated that the reinfection” should not negate the global drive to develop COVID-19 vaccines”.
Are reinfections possible?
Moreover, the experts say that reinfections with the new coronavirus may be rare and not necessarily serious.
Prof. Paul Hunter, from the University of East Anglia, said that more information about this, as well as other cases of reinfection was needed “before we can really understand the implications.”
Whatever happened with the virus, there have been more than 23 million cases of coronavirus infections. And that’s all around the world so far. If we can really catch the virus again and get reinfected, the situation might get even worse.