An unvaccinated woman co-infected with 2 different variants of the Covid-19 coronavirus simultaneously – .

An unvaccinated woman co-infected with 2 different variants of the Covid-19 coronavirus simultaneously – .

When it comes to dating someone and asking for pizza, you can be both an alpha and a beta. When it comes to Covid-19, it turns out that you can also be infected with the Alpha and Beta coronavirus variants at the same time.

There are now reports that an unvaccinated woman in Belgium died in March 2021 after being infected with the Alpha and Beta variants of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2). The 90-year-old may have caught the two different variations from two different people. According to Robin Emmott reporting for Reuters, this case was discussed at the 2021 European Congress on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). This year, the ECCMID is fully online and virtual, which means pants may be optional, depending on your angle of view. It takes place from July 9 to 12.

This is not a complete surprise, both the problem of the pants and the simultaneous infection. Co-infection (or co-infection, if you really hate hyphens) happens when two or more different pathogens treat your body like a cheap motel at the same time. It can do a bit of cleaning up yuck with your body. There is already some evidence that SARS-CoV2 and other respiratory viruses can party in your body at the same time. For example, a study from Stanford University, published in April 2020 as a research letter in JAMA, found that more than a quarter of people infected with SARS-CoV2 were also co-infected with other respiratory viruses such as rhinoviruses, enteroviruses, respiratory syncytial viruses and other coronaviruses. When it comes to infecting you, different types of viruses are not like the diners of an Outback Steakhouse. They’re not like, “Oh, is this body taken? If so, I can move on to someone else.

In fact, co-infection should not stop two to one. Viruses can have a virtual orgy in your body. Think about it the next time you sing, “touched for the very first time” in the shower.

All of this raises the possibility that several worrisome variants may be circulating in a population at the same time. There may be the perception that only one variant may be dominant at any given time. For example, the spread of the Delta variant may lead people to believe that the Lambda variant will not be a problem if the Delta variant can compete with the Lambda variant. It’s not yet clear whether the Delta variant can compete with the Lambda variant, in part because we still don’t know how transmissible the Lambda variant can be, as I covered yesterday for Forbes. And we do not yet know if and how these different variants can coexist. Will they be more like Harry, Ron and Hermione in the Harry Potter series? Or will they be more like Sheldon and Wil Wheaton on Le Big Bang TV show?

Additionally, a question is whether being infected with two different variants can lead to worse or longer illness and worse outcomes than being infected with just one variant. Will two different versions of the Covid-19 coronavirus team up to do even more damage to your body? Or will we be more of a spectator? And what does this mean in terms of protecting and treating Covid-19?

Of course, a case is only a case. For example, just because Mark Zuckerberg was filmed carrying the American flag while driving a hydrofoil across a lake to the tune of John Denver’s “Take me Home, Country Roads” doesn’t mean that you can and should. do such a thing too. You may need to play Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” instead. Likewise, a case of co-infection does not necessarily mean that it is a common occurrence. It remains to be seen how rare or widespread this situation can be.

The other question is what other combinations of variants may be possible. Is like the Greek letters scrabble where you can mix and match all the possibilities. For example, can you take a Lambda, Eta, Alpha, Kappa at the same time?

Nonetheless, SARS-CoV2 continues to show just how complex it can be. So don’t think that we know everything there is to know about this virus just yet. The virus is like a tiger selfie or someone declaring “no drama” on a dating profile. The more it spreads, the more questions it raises.


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