New Study Brings Good News Regarding COVID Reinfection

New Study Brings Good News Regarding COVID Reinfection

The infection with COVID strikes fear in a lot of people, and the idea of reinfection surely sounds even more horrifying. But despite this, a new study brings some good news for anyone who might deal with the coronavirus for the second time during their lifetime.

CNN reveals the exhilarating news for those who get reinfected with COVID: these folks have 90% fewer chances of hospitalization or death compared to the first time they got infected with the virus, says the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Over 350,000 people analyzed

The study in question included the analysis of 353,326 participants who got infected with the coronavirus in Qatar. The reinfection with the disease was rare among these folks, and it has usually led to mild illness. But even so, the results may not be too reliable considering that the study was only done upon people from Qatar. It’s obvious that the virus could behave in a different way elsewhere. Also, there was no word about the Delta strain in the context of the study, meaning the most predominant variant of COVID today.

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Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar determined the number of reinfections by comparing the records of those who got positive results after undergoing PCR tests between February 2020 and April 2021. After ruling out 87,547 people who were vaccinated, only 1,304 reinfections remained. It usually took 9 months for a person to get reinfected with COVID.

Only four people of those who got reinfected with the virus needed hospitalization, and none of them had to go to the ICU. Obviously, no deaths were reported among the reinfected. As for the initial infections, seven deaths were reported.

John Alcorn, who’s an expert in immunology and who wasn’t affiliated with the study, stated the obvious as quoted by CNN:

When you have only 1,300 reinfections among that many people, and four cases of severe disease, that’s pretty remarkable.

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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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