33-Year-Old Man Tests Positive For COVID For A Second Time

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The first confirmed case of coronavirus re-infection is bringing some good news to researchers. A 33-year-old man in Hong Kong developed a cough, sore throat, fever and headache in March. He tested positive for COVID-19, then made a full recovery. But last week, he tested positive for a second time. Only this time, he is not showing any symptoms.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Paul Offit says, “He had no symptoms. That’s great. That’s what you want from a vaccine. That’s what you want to hear from natural infection.” Offit also says, “The best news we had was when we saw that natural infection could at least reduce the incidence of moderate to severe disease associated with re-infection.”

Researchers say it’s great news the man is asymptomatic, because they hope a COVID-19 vaccine will do something similar. Researchers also say the man had no detectable antibodies in his system at the time of re-infection.

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