Researchers at Hong Kong University’s department of microbiology said, in March a man 33 years old, first got infected with coronavirus. The person had signs of a cough, fever, and headache for three days. On March 29, he was hospitalized with the infection, but later cleared on April 14, after two negative swab tests.
On August 15, succeeding an airport screening as he returned to Hong Kong from Spain, he checked positive for the disease a second time. The researchers said, he was taken to hospital again, but presented no symptoms through this time.
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Inscription in a paper, scientists reported how the man’s situation could have allegations for concepts of natural resistance emerging against COVID-19. They said it presented resistance could be short lasting and vaccines may be unable to give enduring safety, but also warned against using the remote case to jump to assumptions.
In a statement, the university said, ‘A deceptively young and healthy patient had a second episode of coronavirus contamination which was detected approximately 4.5 months after the first episode.’
University added, ‘This situation demonstrates that reinfection can arise just after a few months of retrieval from the first infection. Our discoveries propose that SARS-CoV-2 may endure in the worldwide human population as is the case for other common-cold allied human coronaviruses. Even if patients have developed immunity via natural contagion.
‘Meanwhile the immunity can be short lasting after usual contamination, vaccination should also be reflected for those with one episode of infection. Patients with preceding coronavirus infection should also fulfil with epidemiological control measures such as universal face masking and social distancing.’
Professionals in the UK say it is too early to say what it may mean on a universal scale. The learning has been accepted by medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, but the full research is yet to be printed.
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Professor of microbial pathogenesis, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Brendan Wren, said it seemed that the man had been infested with a coronavirus. He specified that it is to be expected that the virus will naturally alter over time.
Brendan Wren went on saying, ‘This is a very erratic example of reinfection and it should not reverse the universal drive to develop coronavirus vaccines.’
Leading scientific advisor for COVID-19 Genome Project, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Dr Jeffrey Barrett, also noted, ‘Because it utilizes the genome sequence of the virus to distinct the two infections, this is surely stronger evidence of reinfection than some of the earlier reports.
‘Due to the number of inherited differences between the two sequences, it seems much more likely that this patient has two different infections than a single infection followed by a decline.’
Amongst the more than 24,000,000 cases stated to date, the survey would need to be put into context, said the Word Health Organization’s technical lead for COVID-19, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove.