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Yes, you can get coronavirus twice

A new report suggests those with coronavirus might relapse

This undated file image released by the British Health Protection Agency shows an electron microscope image of a coronavirus, part of a family of viruses that cause ailments including the common cold and SARS, which was first identified last year.
This undated file image released by the British Health Protection Agency shows an electron microscope image of a coronavirus, part of a family of viruses that cause ailments including the common cold and SARS, which was first identified last year.
Health Protection Agency, Associated Press

Coronavirus continues to make its way throughout the world. And apparently those who are diagnosed with the virus can relapse and have it twice.

What’s going on

The coronavirus outbreak continues to grow throughout the world. More than 70,000 people were diagnosed as of Wednesday and more than 1,800 people have died. Thousands have recovered from the virus, escaping death.

  • Li QinGyuan, director of pneumonia prevention and treatment at China Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, told USA Today that you can relapse, though.
  • Li said: “However, in certain individuals, the antibody cannot last that long. For many patients who have been cured, there is a likelihood of relapse.”
  • Li said patients who recovered from coronavirus need to keep proper hygiene to avoid getting it twice.

How deadly is coronavirus?

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that there’s a 2.3% fatality rate for the coronavirus, which means 2.3% of those infected have died, according to CNN.

Any vaccine?

  • It appears that scientists are still months away from reaching a vaccine to keep people cured.
  • Deseret News said: “While manufacturers are jumping into the race to create a vaccine, it will likely be close to a year or longer before any resulting medication is ready for the marketplace. Any potential vaccine has to be tested for safety first, then tested for efficacy and it all takes time.”