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First COVID-19 reinfection case discovered in Hong Kong

August 26, 2020

This could indicate that subsequent infections will appear in a few months and may be milder.

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  • It is about a 33 year old man who has returned from Europe.
  • The patient recovered from his first COVID-19 infection in April.
  • This could be an indication that re-infection will occur in a few months and may be milder.
First COVID-19 reinfection case discovered in Hong KongFirst COVID-19 reinfection case discovered in Hong Kong

There are many questions about the virus that is currently ravaging the world and one of them is whether humans generate immunity. In this regard, researchers from the Hong Kong University found that a man became infected with COVID-19 19 months after recovering from infection with the same virus.

The scientists classified this case as the first to be reinfected by SARS-CoV-2. The 33-year-old man was diagnosed at the sanitary check of an airport in Hong Kong and was returning from Europe.

The patient’s first infection occurred in April and his relapse was recorded in August, although he showed no symptoms in the latter. The scientists comment that this could suggest that re-infection may occur in a few months and that it could likely be milder.

Photo: AP Photo / David J. Phillip

The researchers said their results suggest that COVID-19 may persist in humans, as is the case with other cold-related coronaviruses, according to a local media outlet.

It is not yet clear how long immunity can last in a patient who has recovered from the infection. Therefore, experts recommend people who have already been positive for SARS-CoV- to follow the advice on social distance and the use of face masks. two.

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