Daily Beast: An 89-year-old Dutch woman is the first confirmed case of a person dying from a COVID-19 reinfection, according to the Oxford University Press.
The woman had a relatively easy first infection, in which she spent five days in the hospital earlier this year exhibiting mild symptoms including a fever and cough and testing positive for the coronavirus. Her symptoms subsided, with the exception of chronic fatigue, and she tested negative.
Two months after her first infection, and two days after starting a round of chemotherapy treatment for a rare type of bone marrow cancer called Waldenstrom’s disease, she tested positive for COVID-19. Medics tested the genome makeup of the new virus to confirm it was indeed a new infection rather than a case of the woman not shedding the virus the first time around.
BBC News – Covid reinfection: Man gets Covid twice and second hit 'more severe'https://t.co/QY8lwYs3zW— Stephen Randall (@straffegast) October 13, 2020
Her second bout with COVID-19 was far worse, including fever, cough and dyspnea with an oxygen saturation level of more than 90 percent. On the fourth and sixth days of her new infection, she tested negative for antibodies, according to the Oxford report. “On the eight day, the condition of the patient deteriorated,” the report states. “She died two weeks later.”
Dutch cancer patient in her eighties 'becomes first person to die after being re-infected' with coronavirus https://t.co/eefGX8CmGL— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) October 13, 2020
COVID-19 has a low reinfection rate, according to the Oxford researchers, who say just 23 cases of confirmed reinfection have been reported worldwide. In all previous reinfections, the patients all survived.
The researchers say that reinfections occur “once antibody titers decrease and immunity wanes,” which calls into question the effectiveness of vaccines if antibodies are not long-lasting. read more…