COVID-19: World’s First Re-Infection Case Reported In Hong Kong

Man who had recovered in April has caught disease again now.

Sohil Nikam

August 25, 2020

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In the first world’s recorded case of COVID-19 re-infection, a man from Hong Kong was found to have contracted the Coronavirus disease once again after having recovered from it back in April. The 33-year-old’s second infection was detected via an airport screening while he was returning to Hong Kong from Europe this month. Researchers from the University of Hong Kong have made use of genomic sequence analysis to prove that this person was infected by two different strains of the coronavirus.

It has also been found that the re-infected person has not developed any symptoms for COVID-19 this time around. While this could mean that subsequent infections may be milder, it doesn’t rule out the possibility of the disease spreading to other people coming in contact with him. “Because he showed no symptoms on the second infection, it is likely that, although the virus has managed to establish infection, his memory immune response has likely prevented any symptomatic disease,” said Corey Smith, Head of Translational and Human Immunology at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane.

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