Can You Catch Coronavirus Twice?

July 16, 2020
CORONAVIRUS

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It seems like every day we learn something new about COVID-19. From symptoms, to treatment to prevention, the rules tend to change with every passing day as new information on the novel coronavirus are discovered. One of the biggest questions is if you can catch COVID-19 twice or more?  The answer is complicated, at least for now. Sadly, we just don't know enough about the virus to give a definite answer.  While there is one case of a person being re-infected after recovering, it is an isolated case and other health factors, which may be underlying, are unknown. Scientists are struggling to find out if an infection cause only a short-term immunity that fades, like the coronaviruses that cause colds. If antibody tests accurately measure whether you are immune. If a vaccine can offer long-term immunity. If the first infection makes you more vulnerable to the second. In short, we still have a long way to go before we give up on the idea of long-term immunity—or even short-term immunity. Even so, we know that natural herd immunity is not a saving grace, but a sign that we have failed to protect our society from the virus. Let’s hope for immunity, period, but let’s also hope that we get there with a vaccine and not by failing to protect each other.  In a world of instant gratification, not having answers for these basic questions months into the pandemic is frustrating.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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