- Mr. Wang is considered to be the first patient from China who has beaten the new virus and tested positive once again.
- According to Dr. Keiji Fukuda, possibilities of human error seem more plausible than coronavirus reinfection.
- The weakness of your immune system is one of the reasons why reinfection might occur.
Covid-19, the new virus known to result in coronavirus disease is getting more dangerous every day, spreading all over the world. While it seems that China is finally recuperating at a promising rate, the rest of the world is still in battle, and the numbers of infected and those that died from the virus are increasing. However, some have come out of the battle victorious, and one of the biggest questions in those cases is if it is possible to get once again infected by this deadly virus.
The Curious Case Of Mister Wang
Mr. Wang (we do not know his full name because of privacy reasons), a Covid-19 victim from Xuzhou, can proudly say he has beaten this horrible disease. However, his case became interesting to the public because he allegedly repeated the tests three days after, and he tested positive.
As soon as the results were done, the medical authorities returned him to the hospital, and everyone that was in close contact with him got locked again. Mr. Wang is one of the 100 patients from China who have been released as winners of the new virus and tested positive once again. How is that possible?
Can The Tests Be Positive Without The Infection?
Cases such as these are raising suspicion about the coronavirus as well as the reliability of these tests. It is possible that these patients were released from the hospital prematurely, while still being the hosts of dormant fragments of the virus. These virus fragments are not dangerous per se but can be the reason why the medical tests come out as positive. There is also the possibility of contaminating the test sample due to human mistakes.
Both of these solutions make more sense in the eyes of science than people getting reinfected with the virus. Dr. Keiji Fukuda from Hong Kong University's School of Public Health agrees with these possibilities of human error, which to him, seem more plausible than coronavirus reinfection. It is entirely possible that in some cases, the virus could not be detected because it was outside of the range of tests but later resurfaced, says Dr. Clifford Lane from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Lane was also one of the medical experts from the United States that visited China and got information first hand from the experts about no cases of reinfection. One of the reasons reinfection might occur is because of the weakness of your immune system. While your immune system should be resistant enough after becoming familiar with the virus during the first infection, there is the possibility of some immune systems not being well equipped to resist the virus the second time.
However, we have to keep in mind that we are not entirely familiar with all of the nuances of how Covid-19 affects our immune system. Because of it, we should take all related news with a grain of salt (unless scientifically tested and proved).
We Should Still Be Careful
There are still no definite answers concerning many of the questions that arise from this mysterious virus. While the experts are working hard on uncovering everything they can about coronavirus disease, there is still much to learn and to be confirmed with additional testings.
Even though many scientists are skeptical about the possibility of reinfection, mainly attributing these cases to mistakes and medical shortsightedness, these questions still need additional scientific study, especially about or immune system. Even if you are better, and have beaten the disease, the world can still benefit if you behaved like you did not, just in case.