Dutch woman becomes first person to die after being reinfected with coronavirus

DORDRECHT NETHERLANDS- 2020/06/29 A health worker gets prepared at the isolation ward of Albert Schweitzer Hospital where the last four coronavirus patients are located

However, 59 days from the start of her first Covid-19 episode and two days after beginning chemotherapy, the patient developed a fever, cough and shortness of breath, and again tested positive for coronavirus. It's possible the patient was exposed to a higher dose of virus the second time, that the version he encountered was more virulent or even that the presence of antibodies from the first infection was to blame in a twist observed with another coronavirus. However, she was discharged five days later due to improvements in her condition.

Her condition worsened in the following days, leading to her death two weeks later.

This is the first time someone is reported to have died from a second spell of coronavirus. However there have been some reported cases of reinfection worldwide, most recently a 25-year-old resident of Washoe County in Nevada in the United States.

The man is the first in the USA documented to have been re-infected.

His comment followed a tweet on Sunday in which he claimed that receiving a negative test result "means I can't get it (immune), and can't give it", a tweet Twitter flagged as a violation of its rules on "spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19". Researchers could not conclude how long the man was immune, or if he ever was. "Thus, previous exposure to SARS-CoV-2 might not guarantee total immunity in all cases", the study's authors said.

The Lancet study stressed that COVID-19 reinfection is rare. "However, given the (more than) 40 million cases worldwide, these small examples of reinfection are tiny and should not deter efforts to develop vaccines". From a public health perspective, all individuals-whether previously diagnosed or not-must take identical precautions to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2.

According to a Monday report in infectious diseases journal the Lancet, researchers said that the unnamed 25-year-old man contracted coronavirus twice and became seriously ill following his second infection.

He became re-infected 4.5 months after contracting the virus initially, and showing showed no symptoms the second time round.

Till now, 23 cases of Covid-19 reinfection has been confirmed, reports the Telegraph.