When the WHO announced the novel coronavirus, the world fell into a series of panic, fear for catching the disease. But what would happen if someone were to catch it not just once, but twice?
For a 25-year-old man in Reno, Nevada, COVID-19 has shown no mercy as he contracted it twice in a span of two months. On March 25, he experienced the first wave of COVID symptoms such as a sore throat, headaches, nausea, and diarrhea. He then tested positive on April 18, working to recover till April 27. During May, he tested negative on two separate occasions, only to develop a second wave of symptoms two days after. On June 5, he experienced the same symptoms in addition to fevers, dizziness, and shortness of breath, and tested positive for the second time.
While immunity against the coronavirus had become a growing question, this case has proven that the catching the disease may not fully develop your immune system against it. Additionally, what brought viral attention to this man was how the second case was more severe than the first. Scientists had concluded that if immunity was not achieved, at least the second case would be reduced.
“The possibility of reinfections could have significant implications for our understanding of Covid-19 immunity,” said Dr. Mark Pandori, a scientist from the University of Nevada.
Scientists also confirmed the second case was from a different occasion, rather than a rebound from the first. The genetic codes of the virus had shown distinct differences to be the same.
Though this case is a rare example from the 37 million global infections, this ushered more unanswered questions for scientists and other people. How does immunity against COVID work? Is it a mutation? Will the vaccine be developed against this?
Despite the arising questions and fears, Dr. Pandori expressed the importance of wearing a mask and performing correct and safe protocols to protect ourselves from this perplexing disease.