One patient in the Netherlands and Belgium contracted the coronavirus again after claimed that has been fully recovered, following reports that Hong Kong scientists had confirmed the first known reinfection. The Dutch patient is an elderly person with a weakened immune system, said Dutch TV station NOS, citing virologist Marion Koopmans. He said it is common for people infected with the virus with mild symptoms to become reinfected. Reinfection like those found in the Netherlands and Belgium requires genetic testing to see if there is a difference between the viruses present, he said. “That someone could be reinfected him doesn’t worry me” continued Marion Koopmans.
There Are Chance That People Can Be Reinfected By Coronavirus
The Belgium case is not good news The Belgian patient has only mild symptoms. But NOS quotes virologist Marc Van Ranst as saying: “This is not good news.” According to him, developments show that the antibodies that the patient develops in the first case of infection are not strong enough to ward off infection with a slightly different variant of the virus, he said.
But it remains unclear if this is a rare event or whether there are “more people likely to have reinfection after six or seven months,” he continued. Reports of reinfection were first available Monday from Hong Kong. A 33-year-old man, infected with the coronavirus in March, was reinfected in mid-August after a trip to Spain, but with a different variant of the virus. “Patients with COVID-19 should not assume that once they recover they will not be infected again,” said Kai-Wang To, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong.
“This shows that some people are not immune for life” to the virus even if they are already infected, he explained. Some experts see this news as a positive development. “If there is reinfection, it suggests there may be residual immunity that helps protect the patient from the new disease,” said Jesse Goodman, former chief scientist of the US Food and Drug Administration, now at Georgetown University. The Hong Kong patient is asymptomatic. during her last infection. The possibility of reinfection has implications for the global rush for vaccine development and for school and office reopening policies. Speaking about the Hong Kong case, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine microbiologist Brendan Wren said it was “a very rare example of reinfection and should not dampen the global push to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.”