Coronavirus patient is ‘world’s first to die after being reinfected with COVID-19’

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According to an academic paper published by the Oxford University Press, the 89-year-old patient died just under three weeks after contracting the virus again.

The woman was undergoing chemotherapy for a rare type of white blood cell cancer called Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia at the time of her death.

This form of cancer is treatable but incurable.

Earlier this year, the patient arrived at the emergency department after suffering from a fever and severe cough, Dutch News reported.

After testing positive for coronavirus, she was hospitalised for five days but her symptoms subsided except for persisting tiredness.

However, just two months later and two days after starting a new round of chemotherapy, she developed symptoms again.

This time she suffered from a fever, cough and shortness of breath.

She was admitted to hospital again and at the time her oxygen saturation was 90 percent with a respiratory rate of 40 breaths per minute.

The woman tested positive for the deadly virus again.

Researchers said: “At day eight, the condition of the patient deteriorated.

“She died two weeks later.”

Scientists have said the genetic makeup of each virus she had was different, leading to them conclude it was likely she got reinfected with the virus.

The Netherlands has more than 189,000 confirmed cases of the pandemic and the deaths have reached to 6,631.

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This tragic news comes just days after a 25-year-old man in the US caught a slightly different strain of the virus.

Authors of the study in the Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal revealed further research was required.

The findings indicated that previous exposure to the virus may not guarantee total immunity and everyone should continue to follow control measures.

According to reports, the man’s second infection was more severe than the first and was hospitalised with oxygen support.

Mark Pandori, lead author of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said: “It is important to note this is a singular finding and does not provide generalisability of this phenomenon.

“While more research is needed, the possibility of reinfections could have significant implications for our understanding of COVID-19 immunity, especially in the absence of an effective vaccine.

“It also strongly suggests that individuals who have tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 should continue to take serious precautions when it comes to the virus, including social distancing, wearing face masks and hand washing.

“Overall, there is a lack of comprehensive genomic sequencing of positive COVID-19 cases both in the USA and worldwide, as well as a lack of screening and testing, which limits the ability of researchers and public health officials to diagnose, monitor, and obtain genetic tracking for the virus.”

The US has the highest number of infections in the world after surpassing 8,00,000 while deaths have reached 219,905.

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