Coronavirus Reinfection – What It Really Means And Why You Shouldn’t Panic Zania Stamataki for the conversation | Opinion

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SScientists in Hong Kong have reported the first confirmed case of re-infection with the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19, which is believed to have been supported by genetic sequences from the two episodes of the 33-year-old man’s infections in March and August 2020. Understandably, people are worried about what this might mean for our chances of solving the pandemic. Here’s why they shouldn’t be worried.Almost nine months after the first infection with the novel coronavirus, we have very weak evidence of reinfection. However, virologists understand that re-infection with coronaviruses is common, and immunologists are working hard to determine how long the characteristics of protective immunity will last in recovered patients.

The rare reports of reinfection to date have not been accompanied by virus sequencing data, so they could not be confirmed, but they are quite expected and there is no cause for alarm.

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