Experts appear to agree that people can contract the novel coronavirus twice, despite earlier belief that wasn’t the case, according to USA Today.
What’s going on:
- Experts said more testing will need to be done to prove whether or not people can get COVID-19 twice. And, if it’s possible, how many people can get it twice.
- “The possibility of reinfection is certainly real. And one that I am seeing repeatedly on the front lines,” Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told USA Today.
- Glatter said he has cared for a “number of patients” who have tested negative for COVID-19 and only experienced mild symptoms, according to USA Today. Soon after, they’ll see a resurgence of symptoms. These patients said the second time around is worse than the first.
- He said: “These patients develop difficulty breathing, leading to hypoxia, aches, chest pain, with recurrent and unrelenting fevers and chills.”
- Dr. Daniel Griffin, chief of infectious diseases at ProHEALTH Care in New York, told USA Today: “We are months away from knowing for certain if reinfections are possible or a significant issue.”
Getting a second positive test:
- In March, a report from the South China Morning Post suggested that 10% of patients in China tested positive for COVID-19 after getting discharged from the hospital.
- Doctors said anywhere between 3% and 7% of patients were reinfected the virus, as I wrote for Deseret.com.
- However, there was no data about whether the patients were contagious the second time.