You can obviously catch Covid-19 more than once, as I’ve covered Forbes Previously. But what about getting hit on two separate occasions in three weeks? This could lead to three unfavorable weeks. Or in fact, when it comes to testing for Covid-19, three weeks are very positive.
Well, that appears to be what happened to a 31-year-old woman in Spain, according to a press release from the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). Her story was the subject of a case report presented at ECCMID, which is being held in Lisbon, Portugal, from April 23-26.
Now, the “subject of a medical case report” might not be something you would normally include on a resume or dating profile. That’s because a medical case report often means an unusual and not a good story. In this case, the story began on December 20, 2021. On that day, the woman, who works in healthcare, was tested for Covid-19 with a PCR test. Here PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction, which will be more accurate in diagnosing Covid-19 than an antigen test, not reserve sauerkraut, which should not be used to diagnose Covid-19. A PCR test came back positive for Covid-19, which then prompted her into isolation for ten days. The whole time, she had no symptoms. In the end, whole genome sequencing of the sample revealed that it was infected with the delta variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
This is considered a “breakthrough” case because they have already been fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19. The booster came 12 days before she tested positive for Covid-19, just under the two weeks it would take for a booster to achieve its full effect. Of course, even the full effect of the booster does not mean 100% protection. As I mentioned to Forbes Previously, while the vaccine could provide good protection against the severe Covid-19 virus, it was not the same as a touchable full-body condom. However, a full vaccination and booster should give you more protection than just a full vaccination. And a full vaccination should give you much more protection than no vaccination at all, just as wearing underwear is better than wearing nothing at all.
If the story had ended there, it probably wouldn’t have amounted to a medical case report. You won’t see case reports about something very common or expected like “someone drops a stone on the foot, it really hurts” or “someone eats 40 hot dogs, gets abdominal pain.” Instead, the story continued and shifted shortly after she completed her period of seclusion and returned to work. On January 10, 2022, just 20 days after her first positive test for Covid-19, she began feeling sick with a cough and fever. This can’t be Covid-19 again, can it? After all, 20 days is a little less than two Scaramuccis, which would be a really short time. There have been no documented cases of someone becoming infected a second time soon after the first. Didn’t some people on social media claim that once you were previously infected, you don’t have to worry about contracting Covid-19 again?
Sadly, Whitesnake’s words, “Here I am again,” ended up here. She got another PCR test, and here she is, positive for Covid-19 again. Was this second positive test the result of a first surviving infection? Like a TV show supernaturalHas the infection lasted longer than it should? Or was this second positive test for Covid-19 already a sign of an entirely new infection? Well, whole genome sequencing found that the culprit this second time around was not the delta variant again but instead the Omicron variant. It was a brand new infection with a different version of the virus. So basically, someone who’s been fully vaccinated, boosted, and previously had Covid-19, has had, please, SARS-CoV-2 again.
The press release quotes one of the case report authors, Gemma Risio, MD, of Instituto Catala de Salute, Tarragona, Spain, as saying: “This case highlights the potential for the Omicron variant to evade pre-acquired immunity either from a natural infection with other variants or In other words, people who have contracted Covid-19 cannot assume that they are protected from reinfection, even if they are fully vaccinated.” If you think about it, there’s no reason why you can’t get infected again once you don’t have the virus. No one has said that the immune protection against natural infection is 100%, especially as new variants of SARS-CoV-2 continue to emerge. When it comes to SARS-CoV-2 during a pandemic, keep in mind that your body is a 24-hour convenience store, always open.
here CBS13 WJZ A news segment on the case:
Take this case report as another warning that neither natural immunity nor vaccination alone will completely protect you from Covid-19 for now. Believing that these things by themselves would be enough to keep you covered while the pandemic dragged on would be akin to going to a job interview or a date wearing nothing more than your underwear and thinking, “Yeah, I got this.” What he might end up getting infected is or, in the latter cases, no job, no second date, or you might even get caught. As long as the virus continues to spread as widely as it does now, it is a good idea to maintain other Covid-19 precautions such as social distancing and use of face masks. Otherwise, you will put yourself at risk of infection again. And potentially over and over again.