Even though lockdown measures are being rolled back up and down the country, the coronavirus pandemic is still very present.
Amid fears of a second wave and hopes for a vaccine, many wonder whether the fact that they’ve already had Covid-19 can offer any protection against catching the virus in the future.
While it was previously thought you could not catch Covid-19 more than once, scientists have now claimed that they’ve recorded the world’s first case of a man being infected with two different versions of the virus.
Does this mean you can catch it twice? While there’s still much to learn about coronavirus, here’s what we know so far…
Can you catch coronavirus twice?
Those who have had coronavirus can end up armed with virus-fighting antibodies, however, there is no guarantee you’ll be totally immune from Covid-19.
On top of that, it’s also not known how long antibodies could last.
Researchers at Hong Kong University’s department of microbiology have said that a man, 33, first caught Covid-19 in March and had symptoms of a cough, fever and headache for three days.
He was hospitalised on March 29, discharged on April 14 following two negative swab test and then tested positive for the virus a second time following an airport screening as he returned to Hong Kong from Spain on August 15.
He was taken to hospital again, but showed no symptoms during this time, the scientists said. They also warned against using this isolated case to jump to conclusions.
The Government website states: ‘If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will probably have developed some immunity to the disease.
‘But it cannot be guaranteed that will happen in all cases, nor exactly for how long that will last.’
If you find yourself experiencing symptoms for a second time after you previously tested positive, you need to self-isolate for at least 10 days and get tested again.
If you live with someone who’s experiencing Covid-19 symptoms for a second time, you’ll have to self-isolate for 14 days.
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