25-Year-Old Man Gets Reinfected With COVID-19, Casting Doubt on Herd Immunity

COVID-19 Reinfection

A new study released by the Lancet may throw a spanner in the works for countries like Sweden who seem to be aiming for a “herd immunity” approach to handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The findings of the study revealed that:

“The patient had two positive tests for SARS-CoV-2, the first on April 18, 2020, and the second on June 5, 2020, separated by two negative tests done during follow-up in May, 2020. Genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 showed genetically significant differences between each variant associated with each instance of infection. The second infection was symptomatically more severe than the first.”

The study suggests that if COVID-19 patients overcome the symptoms of the virus, not only can they become infected a second time (and perhaps more), but their symptoms may even worsen upon reinfection.

Image
Source: Lancet Study

While this is a rare case, and data continues to emerge about it, the possibility for reinfection of COVID-19 has major implications for policy decisions throughout the world moving forward.

While Sweden may look like it has made it through the worst of the pandemic without implementing severe lockdowns, countries with more stringent social distancing policies like New Zealand may have the more ideal approach given the Lancet’s recent findings.

Moreover, the possibility of reinfection casts doubt upon the World Health Organization’s recent statements on ending lockdowns.

Avatar
About Louis O'Neill 76 Articles
Having received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Macquarie University, Louis’ writing spans across cultural, social and political issues. Louis' work has been shared in Benzinga, FinFeed, The Green Fund, The Startup, The Quarry Journal, Independent Australia and Online Opinion.