LSU Doctor Warns That Reinfections of COVID are Real
While most of us can agree that the internet has been one of the greatest inventions in our lifetime, it comes with its own unique set of problems as well. Having the sheer volume of information that we now have at our fingertips is helpful on so many levels. However, that volume of information comes with a price in the form of bad information.
How many of us have read things like "You can't catch COVID twice. Once you get it then you're immune to it?" I even listened on as one of my own family members quoted what she had read online, "Once you've recovered from COVID, you're immune to it for the next 90 days."
Apparently neither of those statements are true and could, in fact, lead those who have recovered from the virus, to dangerously believe they are somewhat invincible to a reinfection.
LSU Health New Orleans Professor of Clinical Medicine, Doctor Najy Masri, has just announced that there have been a number of cases worldwide, where patients who were infected by COVID-19, recovered from the virus and then, only weeks later, have tested positive again.
In a story from the Louisiana Radio Network, Dr. Masri says he treated a nurse that got infected, tested positive, got sick, recovered, tested negative, and then seven weeks later came back with symptoms and tested positive again.
There have been cases worldwide of people getting infected by COVID-19, recovering, and then testing positive again weeks later.
Dr. Masri goes on to say, “It’s a multiple strain issue where you can be immune to one strain and not to another or it’s a time-limited immunity issue.”
This reinfection information will certainly play a role in regards to vaccines and might require a booster shot of sorts. “Maybe we need this vaccination, not just one time, but maybe it’s something we need over time, like every year, just like we do with the flu shot.”